Say what now? Republicans nominate Donald Trump for Nobel peace prize

Blame Indiana Republican Congressman Luke Messer who started the petition.

Rep. Messer nominates President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Eighteen of Donald Trump’s greatest supporters in the House of Representatives have sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, formally nominating the president for a Nobel Peace Prize.

In a letter spearheaded by the Indiana Republican Congressman Luke Messer the lawmakers claim that Trump should “receive the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work to end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula and bring peace to the region.”

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“Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons program and bring peace to the region,” the letter reads.

This may come as a surprise to most, but as long as you have the right people backing you, the rules for a Nobel prize nomination are relatively loose. Nominations can only be made by people who belong to a handful of categories, including members of a national legislation body, university professors and former winners of the prize. But aside from that, there are no other restrictions.

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If Trump were to somehow actually win the award, he’d be the fifth American president given the honor.

Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and most recently Barack Obama are all Nobel winners. During a re-election rally in Michigan on Saturday, the crowd broke out into a chant of “Nobel, Nobel” while Trump was discussing his efforts in North Korea.

Never one to turn down a compliment, the President smiled and said, “Thank you, that is very nice.”

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It bares noting, that when President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, it infuriated conservatives. The Norwegian Nobel Committee pointed to his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” and “attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”

Currently there is no such outrage for Trump’s nomination. Well, at least not yet.