Washington: Monday was not a good day for Donald Trump. His infamous phrase ‘loser’ came back to haunt him when he was forced to admit defeat when his rival Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucus after weeks of being billed as the Republican frontrunner. But on Tuesday, it emerged that Trump’s name had reportedly made it onto a list of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize – alongside nominees such as Pope Francis and a campaigner for Isis rape survivors.
Trump’s reported nomination comes after he made a number of inflammatory and divisive comments that only seemed to improve his ratings among voters in the run up to the caucus. The billionaire business magnate endeared himself to Katie Hopkins by proposing that Muslims be banned from entering the US and has been condemned for his comments about immigration and Mexican migrants, with one of his most infamous pledges being to build a “big beautiful wall” between the US and Mexico.
Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, told Reuters the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has also been tipped for an award, alongside Colombian peace negotiators, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation.
He also a claimed to have seen a letter submitted by an unidentified US nominator who 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”. He did not list Trump as one of the candidates who actually has a chance of winning. The Norwegian Nobel committee typically receives more than 200 nominations, according to the Associated Press.