When you think of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, you think of people who are morally pure, and radiate goodness, positivity, and inclusivity. You think of people like Malala Yousafzai, who took a bullet through her head just because she advocated for the education of girls, and Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison for protesting apartheid in South Africa. So, when you hear that someone nominated Donald Trump for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, it’s laughable! Alfred Nobel himself stated that the recipient of this prize “shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congress”. Let’s dissect this to assess Donald Trump’s chances of winning this prize.
1. Trump regularly insults, provokes, and picks fights with other countries
As it relates to the criteria of “fraternity between nations”, Trump fails miserably. With a miniscule understanding of international relations, Donald Trump campaigned on an America First agenda, without realising that good relations with other countries are key to America’s safety. Even though he should know better now that he is President, Trump still openly criticises and insults key American allies and trading partners, like Germany, Mexico, Australia, and Canada. In fact, Trump actively pursues an agenda to stigmatize and exclude persons who come from different countries. His refusal to accept refugees is a clear example of his lack of compassion for others’ suffering, and this can inadvertently perpetuate the threat of terrorism. Also, his initial travel ban singled out seven Muslim-majority countries and this only created a further rift in the U.S. relations with these countries.
2. Instead of reducing standing armies, Trump proposes to increase them
The U.S. Army is one of the strongest military forces in the world. In fact, compared to other countries, it ranks 1st for military expenditures (over $600 billion) and 2nd for active military personnel (almost 1.5 million). Why then would Trump want to increase military spending even further? Perhaps a better question would be: Why would Trump want to cut humanitarian services that help Americans and less-fortunate personal abroad, in order to increase military spending? By neglecting the well-being of people at home and abroad, to increase standing armies, Trump negates himself from winning a Nobel Peace Prize.
3. Trump won on a rhetoric of division, not unity
Throughout the 2016 campaign trail, Trump openly stereotyped persons of different backgrounds. He called Mexicans rapists, drug dealers, and criminals. He lumped all Muslims as terrorists. He never mentioned African Americans without also mentioning crime-ridden inner cities. He judged and ranked women based on how they looked, and defended persons who were accused of sexual assault. No wonder the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other white supremacist groups endorsed him. Because of this rhetoric, Trump certainly does not meet the Nobel Peace Prize criteria of promoting peace congress.
It is clear as day that Trump can never win a Nobel Peace Prize. The words and actions of both billionaire Donald Trump and President Donald Trump do not embody the fundamental vision and values of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.