Donald Trump is among the worldly figures to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, you read that right.
The Republican presidential candidate’s name was tossed in after an unidentified U.S. nominator proposed Trump for “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, Isis, nuclear Iran and Communist China,” according to Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of Peace Reseach Institute in Oslo. Pope Francis, peace negotiators in Colombia, Greek islands who aided Syrian refugees and Edward Snowden are also among the nominees.
In the past, not-so-peaceful candidates have been nominated such as Josef Stalin in 1945 and 1948, Vladimir Putin in 2014 and even Adolf Hitler in 1939, which ended up being a hoax by a Swedish politician.
While it might seem like a nomination that came from left field, Harpviken told Reuters that Trump is not listed among those with a chance of winning. Thousands of people are eligible to submit a nomination for the Peace Prize. According to the Associated Press, the Norwegian Nobel committee typically receives more than 200 nominations.
“Huge numbers of nominations are still coming in,” said Olav Njoelstad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
The presidential hopeful has made news in the past months due to inappropriate comments regarding Mexican immigrants, proposing Muslims to be banned from entering the US and even stating that the government should build a wall between Mexico and the US. This week the Trump Tower businessman lost to rival Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucus.
At this moment Trump or his representatives have made no comment regarding the nomination.