Donald J. Trump, the billionaire reality-TV star and current Republican front runner for the 2016 presidential nomination has apparently been nominated for a Nobel Prize. Don’t adjust your monitors or throw your smartphone out the window, you read that right. Donald J. Trump is up for a Nobel Prize, but maybe the shocking part of all is that scientists aren’t telling us that we’re all on acid, because that’s the only way Trump should be even mentioned in the same sentence as the Nobel Prize.
It should go like this: Hey, want to see my Nobel Prize, Donald Trump is up for one, and also we all just took a massive dose airborne LSD together, so enjoy the ride and don’t look in the mirror, man!
As reported in Business Insider today, Kristian Berg Harpviken, the head of Oslo’s Peace Research Institute, said that Trump was among names like Edward Snowden that were submitted for consideration, and he even said what the nominating letter contained, in part.
He also a claimed to have seen a letter submitted by an unidentified US nominator who proposed Trump for “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, Isis, nuclear Iran and Communist China”. He did not list Trump as one of the candidates who actually has a chance of winning. (source)
I think it’s probably safe to say that Mr. Harpviken is spot-on in his guess that Trump won’t make the final cut. But can we at least take a moment and talk about how horrifying it is that someone in this country actually thinks Trump deserves a nomination? As a liberal, I laughed my balls off when Barack Obama was nominated and won in 2009, because he hadn’t been president for more than a handful of months yet, and the irony of course is that he will be forever known as the Drone President, a distinction even his predecessor Dubya has evaded. Trump’s nomination goes beyond silly, past hysterical, well past the bounds of normal and into realm of the satirical.
I have to think that someone is trolling here. Probably the same person who convinced Trump to run in the first place. I mean, who in the hell in 2016 says things like “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, Isis, nuclear Iran and Communist China” anyway? Oh wait, Republicans do. All the time. So you know what? Just like his presidential campaign, I have no idea how seriously to take the person who nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize.
But really does feel like we all took acid together a few months back, doesn’t it? If you were tell me last year when Trump went down that escalator to announce his presidency that we’d be sitting here in 2016 after the Iowa caucuses with Trump very much so alive in the contest, I’d have laughed. He even lost Iowa and he’s still a major threat, and will be until he’s sent home. If he breaks his promise and runs independently, the Republican carnage will make you wish you were on some kind of mind-altering substance.
So okay, maybe we’re not all on acid because this just a case of a really stupid person nominating an even stupider person for an award, but we still somehow have found ourselves in a time when the leading candidate in one of the country’s two major parties is a reality-TV star. He’s a man who has run his business into the ground four times at least, and yet is hailed as a great businessman by his party’s base, and the most crazy part of all is that even his most rabid supporters have no idea if he believes half or even a quarter of the shit that comes tripping forth from his lips. But he’s a Republican now, and that’s all that matters to them, so who cares if you have no idea how much of what he says you can trust.
Maybe we’re not all on acid, and perhaps Trump will get no closer to a Nobel Prize than he does to a barber he actually needs to go to, but the fact that he’s still after all this time a threat to the GOP establishment is enough to make me believe we should all at least consider taking something strong, and taking it before it’s too late to get numbed to the pain of President Donald J. Trump.