Here’s Why Trump Being Nominated For A Nobel Peace Prize Is Totally Meaningless

If you are anything like me, your eyes rolled back into your head upon seeing the news that Donald Trump, of all people, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, for his “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China.”

However, before you start questioning the sanity of the Nobel Committee and everyone involved with the nomination process, let’s take a closer look at how the that process actually works. 

It’s not the committee itself that nominates people. It’s not like they’re going around looking for people who are doing great work in terms of making the world a more peaceful place to live in, and they looked around and thought Donald Trump was a great example of that. At all. Thousands of people are qualified to make these nominations, which means that the nominations themselves don’t actually carry much weight or importance.

To boot, there are no requirements for the nominees themselves, only for those doing the nominating.

Here’s who, according to the official Nobel Prize website, is allowed to nominate people.

•Members of national assemblies and governments of states

•Members of international courts

•University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes

•Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

•Board members of organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

•Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; (proposals by members of the Committee to be submitted no later than at the first meeting of the Committee after February 1)

•Former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee

According to these standards, Jerry Falwell, Jr.–who has previously endorsed Trump and is the President of Liberty University–could have nominated him for the prize. As could anyone who happens to be a professor of social sciences, history, philosophy, law or theology. As could any person in our government.

This also means that someone like White Nationalist Robert S. Griffin, who holds a tenured position at the University of Vermont teaching education (technically a social science) would be able to nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize.

To give you an idea of how utterly meaningless this “nomination” is–I could hypothetically get one myself by convincing a friend who teaches history, philosophy, law or any social sciences to nominate me.

Due to the large amount of people qualified to make these nominations, the Nobel Committee reports getting as many as 200 different nominations for different people each year.

In the past, other reprehensible hate-mongers have been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize–including Hitler, Stalin, Rush Limbaugh and Mussolini (whom Trump bears an uncanny resemblance to when speaking).

Unsurprisingly, Trump did not make the short list, which includes Edward Snowden and two top U.S. and Iranian nuclear negotiators.