Donald Trump in 2013
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By Ben Geier
February 4, 2016

Donald Trump may have lost the Iowa Caucuses last week, but now he’s up for an even more elusive win—the Nobel Peace Prize.

Someone has nominated the Republican presidential hopeful for the award, which has been won by luminaries including Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela, and Malala Yousafzai.

It is unknown who nominated Trump, reports CNN, or whether it was done sincerely or ironically. One could make a strong argument for the latter. During his campaign, Trump has promised extensive military action against ISIS, advocated for killing the families of suspected terrorists, and proposed banning all Muslim immigration to the U.S.

One also has to consider the list of past nominees who didn’t win the prize: They range from Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Clinton, and Pope Francis, to Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Putin, and Hugo Chavez.


Kristian Berg Harpviken, an Oslo-based Nobel expert, doesn’t believe Trump has any chance of winning. He told CNN his short list includes NSA surveillance leaker Edward Snowden and the negotiators of the Iran nuclear deal.


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