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President Trump has picked up this fourth Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and with America just over three weeks away from the 2020 presidential election, what’s the liberal media to do?
Other than ignoring the development, of course — the Washington Post did cover the story, but dismissed the nomination as being from “far-flung foreign allies,” claiming “no world leader has campaigned for it with quite so much insistence as President Trump has.”
Finland’s Laura Huhtasaari, a European Parliament representative and a member of the right-wing Finns Party, nominated Trump for a 2021 Nobel “in recognition of his endeavors to end the era of endless wars, construct peace by encouraging conflicting parties for dialogue and negotiations, as well as underpin internal cohesion and stability of his country,” Fox News reported.
Little attention had been paid to the world stage in the run-up to the election, aside from China and Iran, but there are few active military conflicts around the globe at the moment.
“President Trump has served almost a complete presidential term without starting a new war,” Huhtasaari said. “This would be the first time in almost four decades when the President of the United States of America has served a term without engaging his country to new conflict.”
She referenced Trump withdrawing troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and cited the historic Abraham Accords, which normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, saying the president’s role as mediator was “indispensable.”
Huhtasaari mentioned the violent social unrest in the U.S., at the hands of the radical left, to say that Trump has “maintained national cohesion and secured law and order” at home.
“It’s hard to imagine that the President of the United States, or the current head of state in the last decades, deserves more recognition from the Commission in 2021 for his efforts to build world peace than President Trump,” she concluded.
Trump was first nominated by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, for his role in the peace deal between Israel and the UAE.
“It’s a great honor to be nominated, and I know it has tremendous significance,” the president told Fox News Radio White House correspondent Jon Decker. “I just think it’s a great thing for our country. It shows that we’re trying to make peace, not war all the time.”
Two days later, on Sept. 11, 2020, Swedish parliament member Magnus Jacobsson nominated Trump for helping secure a deal normalizing economic relations between Serbia and Kosovo.
A third nomination came from Australian law professor David Flint, on behalf of a group of Australian lawyers, who were also responding to the Israel-UAE peace deal.
It was enough to drive Graeme Wood, a staff writer at The Atlantic, to write a nearly 1500-word-long screed calling for the Nobel Peace Prize to be outright canceled.
Given the recent history of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, while Trump may be nominated, receiving a Nobel Peace Prize is a whole other matter.
In 2009, former President Barack Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.”
Obama, a rather unaccomplished U.S. senator before being elected president, was nominated within days of taking office in January 2009.
Norwegian Prime Minister Thorbjorn Jagland reportedly said he was nominated on account of the aspirational tenor of his presidential campaign.
“No one could deny, that the international climate had suddenly improved, and that Mr. Obama was the main reason. We want to embrace the message that he stands for,” he said.
Former Nobel secretary Geir Lundestad told the Associated Press in Sept. 2015 that the committee regretted the decision, but not for the reasons you may expect.
Lundestad said the goal was to strengthen Obama, and the widespread criticism over the decision had the opposite effect.
“Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake,” he said. “In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for.”
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