FACTS

    President Trump has received his second 2021 Nobel Peace Prize nomination within a week span. The first nomination comes from Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a Norwegian parliament member of the Progress Party, regarding Trump’s role in helping negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates earlier last month. The second is from Swedish parliament member Magnus Jacobsson for the peace deal between the governments of Kosovo and Serbia.

    RIGHT

    The Right believes Trump’s deals are “significant,” and that he should be awarded.

    “President Trump’s unorthodox approach to foreign policy has paid off. While his critics at home would never admit it, not everyone turns a blind eye to his accomplishments. For two years running, foreign lawmakers have nominated the president of the United States for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

    James Jay Carafano, Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation

    Tyler O’Neil, Senior Editor of PJ Media, noted that if Obama was awarded the prize for his “efforts,” Trump should be for his “results.” Tybring-Gjedde expressed hope that the committee will “not stumble in established prejudice against the US President.” However, others say that is unlikely. Hoover Institution research fellow Bill Whalen argues that the Nobel Committee is very unlikely to award Trump and could simply decide not to award anyone – which was also the case in 1972, another “re-election year for a polarizing Republican president.”

    LEFT

    The Left does not believe Trump should be awarded. The Atlantic‘s Graeme Wood called the nomination “preposterous” and argued that “by now the contradictions of the peace prize should be apparent.”

    “President Donald Trump is unfit for nomination and his inclusion makes a mockery of this important accolade. This is not merely due to his incendiary Twitter rants and threats of nuclear war. Trump has not dealt with persistent systemic inequalities and has mostly refused to deal with the climate crisis – as well as leaving a large Covid-19 death toll in his wake. This is not peace.”

    Dr. Becky Alexis-Martin, Lecturer in Cultural and Political Geography at the Manchester Metropolitan University
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