An anonymous American reportedly nominated Donald Trump for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo and a "Nobel watcher," said he received a letter nominating Trump for "his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China" the AFP reported.
According to the Nobel Prize website, the Norwegian Nobel Committee, comprised of five members, oversees the Nobel Peace Prize laureates and accepts nominations from any person who meets the following requirements:
- Members of national assemblies or governments of state
- Members of international courts
- University rectors, or professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law or theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes
- Persons who have been awarded Nobel Prize
- Board members of organizations awarded a Nobel Prize
- Active or former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
- Former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee
In short, smart and important people the website deemed "qualified individuals."
Unfortunately, a nominator's name cannot be revealed for 50 years, unless that person wants to make their selection known. So it may be a while before the world finds out who thought Trump deserved a Nobel Peace Prize.
The deadline for nominations was Monday; the committee will announce finalists on Feb. 29, and the winner in October.
Needless to say, Harpviken doesn't believe Trump will make the list.