On Thursday, a group of 18 conservative congressmen formally nominated Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination, pitched by some of Trump’s most ardent supporters including Marsha Blackburn (R – TN) and Evan Jenkins (R – WV), is the latest ego-boosting move for an increasingly besieged president desperate for adulation. The submission noted Trump’s tireless work to “end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula and bring peace to the region.”
The seeds of this outrageously premature idea were originally planted by South Korean President Moon Jai-in this month. “President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. The only thing we need is peace,” Moon said in a South Korean cabinet meeting late last month.
Many politicos viewed the comments as simple flattery — an approach that many world leaders have easily used to mollify and sway President Trump. Unsurprisingly, however, the idea gained momentum at a campaign-style rally, an oft-retreat and safe space for President Trump, where a packed Michigan crowd chanted “No-bel! No-bel! No-bel!” at the Commander-in-Chief in response to bringing North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table.
“That’s very nice, thank you. That’s very nice,” Trump replied. “I just want to get the job done.”