Reacting to the news that President Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize, Senator Lindsey Graham quipped that it would be a unique event because it might be the first time awarding a peace prize ended in casualties.
“I want to be there,” Graham said in an appearance on Fox News, adding “It may be the first time the Nobel Peace Prize was given and there was mass casualties because I think a lot of liberals would kill themselves if they did that.”
In a more serious comment, Graham acknowledged that Trump deserves the nomination for his role in encouraging North and South Korea to take significant steps toward peace.
“No other president has been that blunt [with North Korea] and that’s why we are where we are because China and North Korea believe that if Trump acted he would use military force and North Korea would lose.” Graham stated.
Even CNN, of all media outlets, admitted this past weekend that Trump deserves credit for the Korean developments.
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) also admitted said during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that it was entirely fair to give Trump credit for North Korea coming to the negotiating table.
“I think it’s more than fair to say that the combination of the president’s unpredictability and indeed his bellicosity had something to do with North Korea’s willingness to come to the table,” Schiff stated.
The Congressman added a caveat, noting “But before the president takes too much credit or hangs out the ‘mission accomplished’ banner, he needs to realize we may go into a confrontational phase, and he may not want the full blame if things go south.”
During the President’s rally this past weekend in Michigan, supporters chanted “Nobel! Nobel!” following Trump’s comments to unite the two Koreas. Trump responded by stating “I just want to get the job done,” adding that “Strength is going to keep us out of nuclear war.”
As noted by Donald Trump Jr., some bookies are offering very short odds on Trump winning the prize. He cautioned that the global elite might have a hand to play, however:
Best short ever! Remember who decides this stuff. Noting to do with merit as we have all seen. The globalist elite would never give him that win.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 27, 2018
Fox News contributor Harry J. Kazianis, among others, suggested that Trump deserves the prize more than Barack Obama did.
“In 2009, President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for… um … for … well, for giving good speeches and having big plans for making the world a more peaceful place,” Kazianis said, adding, “In contrast, President Trump has concrete accomplishments to his credit early in his term – the summit Friday and his upcoming summit with Kim.”
Writing for Townhall, Matt Vespa notes that the Democrats might ‘self destruct’ were Trump to win the prize”
“Could you imagine how the Left would react if he were to win it? President Obama won it and he escalated a war in Afghanistan, failed to confront ISIS, and dithered on Syria. Obama did nothing when the Russians annexed Crimea. Did nothing when chemical weapons were used in Syria as well.” Vespa notes.