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Are You Kidding Me?

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This is Trump's mug shot after his indictment for trying to overturn the state's election results. Nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize is disgusting.

A Republican New York Congresswoman nominated Donald Trump for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. Are you kidding me?

In his will, Alfred Nobel outlined three criteria for the Prize, ‘disarmament, peace congresses, and brotherhood between nations.’ Let’s examine the record.

The Nobel Prize has historically been awarded to individuals who make a significant contribution to promoting peace and resolving conflicts. In nominating Trump, Representative Claudia Tenney cited the Abraham Accords, which the former president helped negotiate while in office. However, his “peace plan” disregarded vital Palestinian demands. This one-sided approach undermined the prospects for peace in the region. The current war in the region underscores that simple truth.

Whether you love or despise our 45th president, he is a disruptive figure known for his controversial policies and divisive rhetoric. Trump’s actions and statements during his presidency disqualify him from receiving an award that contains the word “peace,” especially an award as esteemed as the Nobel.

His words and actions have frequently inflamed conflicts rather than promoting reconciliation and peaceful dialogue. His inflammatory statements on immigration, race relations, and religious minorities have exacerbated social divisions in our country and undermined efforts to foster unity.

His foreign policy was, at best, reckless. He withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal with no viable alternative. This move strained relations and destabilized the region, moving it further away from peaceful resolutions of conflict. Our nation’s current battle with Iran-backed Houthi rebels is a direct result of the former president’s recklessness. His approach to this and the Israeli-Palestinian crises prioritize personal interests over broader humanitarian concerns.

Moreover, Trump’s cozy relationships with authoritarian leaders around the world sent a troubling message about his commitment to peace, the rule of law, human rights, and democratic values. He has consistently praised dictators and strongmen like Russia’s Putin, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Turkey’s Erdogan, and China’s Xi.

Here at home, Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the spread of the virus. He stubbornly ignored the science and promoted misinformation, which cost America thousands of lives. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, he encouraged civilians to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights to end the protests while police fired smoke bombs to push protestors away from the White House. In multiple speeches to the NRA, Donald Trump vowed to repeal any “anti-gun” legislation and resolved to combat school shootings by arming every ‘willing’ teacher in America.

The coup de grace for his Nobel disqualification is his handling of his loss in the 2020 election. Instead of conceding the election, like every failed presidential candidate before him, he delivered an incendiary speech to an armed and angry mob on January 6, 2021. He repeated the “big lie” that the election had been stolen and pointed his ravenous supporters toward the United States Capitol, instructing them to march over there and “fight like hell.” And that’s precisely what they did.

After he lit the fire of the insurrection, he sat comfortably in the Oval Office and watched the violence unfold at the Capitol. Despite multiple pleas from his cabinet, staff, White House lawyers, and family members, he refused to issue a statement instructing his supporters to disperse. He fled to safety and watched the vicious attack on law enforcement agents, leading to multiple deaths and serious injuries. The Capitol was breached and invaded, the electoral count was halted, and numerous lives were endangered.

Hours later, when it became clear that the insurrection would fail, he called off the mob, telling them, “We love you” and referring to them as patriots. Asked why they did what they did, the insurrectionists replied: “We were invited by the president of the United States.”

Had Trump’s attempt to block the peaceful transfer of power succeeded, what would have happened to our country? The peril our country faced on January 6th was unprecedented and predicated on Trump’s bald-faced lie that the election was rigged or fraudulent.

The presidential oath states as follows:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Are You Kidding Me?

I understand that Donald Trump has millions of supporters. I suspect the congresswoman’s nomination is a political statement directed at these supporters. However, Republicans have long claimed that they are the “tough on crime” and “law and order” party. On January 6, 2021, it is undeniable that Trump betrayed his oath, betrayed his country, and encouraged a dangerous breach of the peace.

He and his minions should be charged with Felony Murder, not honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. His nomination dishonors the memories of those who died on January 6, 2021 and is an insult to every law enforcement officer who fought the mob on that terrible day in American history.

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Some clown nominates him every year. I'm sure the Orange Blob offers to pay them, but then reneges as he usually does.

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