President Donald Trump falsely declared at a North Carolina rally Saturday that he and his supporters are being honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.
“You love your president, and your president gets honored,” Trump told the adoring crowd in Fayetteville. “I’m not being honored, you’re being honored, with the Nobel Peace Prize for Israel, what we did with Israel.”
Trump was nominated for the 2021 prize by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a far-right Norwegian politician — but it’s highly unlikely he’ll get the award. Adolf Hitler was nominated for the peace prize in 1939 by a member of the Swedish parliament.
Trump also received two nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize — in 2017 and 2018 — that the Norwegian Nobel Committee determined were both forged. Whoever wrote the nominations — believed to be the same person — assumed the identity of a qualified nominator, Olav Njolstad, secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said at the time. The committee discovered the forgery after reaching out to the legitimate nominator whose name was used.
Former President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
Presidents Jimmy Carter (2002), Woodrow Wilson (1919) and Theodore Roosevelt (1906) were also awarded the peace prize.
Watch Trump’s remarks below.
"Your love your president, and your president gets honored — because I'm being not honored, you are being honored — with the Nobel Peace Prize" — Trump is now talking as though he has actually won a Nobel and not merely been nominated pic.twitter.com/dOCrg3uwJK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 19, 2020