WATCH: Donald Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Because Why Not
Trump received a bit of good news after what has been a terribly disappointing week thus far. After finishing dismal second place in the Iowa caucus despite his putative frontrunner status, Trump was nominated Tuesday for a Nobel Peace Prize along with the likes of Pope Francis, Colombian peace negotiators and Edward Snowden.
While there are around 200 nominations a year, it is worth nothing that not just anyone can nominate someone, but there is a list of "thousands" afforded the privilege. The person who nominated Trump was identified simply as a "U.S. politician" who nominated Trump based on “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, Isis, nuclear Iran and Communist China."
Trump has called for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, ethnically cleansing undocumented immigrants and banning all Muslims from entering the United States.
The Nobel Peace Prize has a long history of goofy nominations. Even some of the winners have courted controversy, including noted warmonger Henry Kissinger who won in 1973 despite being responsible for bombing raids over Cambodia that killed hundreds of thousands.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, were also among the nominees in serious consideration. Trump is not expected to be "one of the candidates who actually has a chance of winning" according to Kristian Berg Harpviken, a Nobel watcher and head of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo. But it's good to know he has a fan other than himself — assuming, of course, he's not the "U.S. politician" in question.
Update: It appears one cannot actually nominate themselves. Maybe it was Sarah Palin?