Call it a long shot, but Donald Trump could win the Nobel Peace Prize. It is likely? No. But neither was his success in the presidential election.
Sure he’s brash. And arrogant. And has likely set the human race back a couple of centuries. Does it really matter? Donald Trump has the uncanny ability to say anything that enters his golden head without any repercussion. The AFP made gambling news in February when they reported that Trump was nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, and however unlikely it may seem, he could actually win. Yes, you read that correctly. Donald Trump could win the Nobel peace prize.
This will be no easy task, however, as some of the world’s most polarizing and influential figures are nominated as well. The betting lines at PaddyPower have been set, and we at GamingZion have broken down some of candidates chances.
Angela Merkel: 5/1
Time Magazine’s 2015 person of the year has been one of the most talked about political leaders of the past decade. Markel’s stance on the European refugee crisis has drawn both respect and condemnation, opening up the discussion for what is morally right versus what is ethically feasible.
Angela Merkel was also one of the biggest critics of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine. She met personally with Putin in an attempt to promote peace talks, and had a significant role in brokering a ceasefire between the Ukrainian rebels and pro-separatist Russians.
Merkel has been called the “chancellor of the free world,” and is the most logical and likely winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Pope Francis: 6/1
The 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church is perhaps the most progressive religious leader in history. Pope Francis has shown a remarkably unique acceptance towards many issues such as homosexuality and non-catholic beliefs. “By thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and growth,” Francis famously said.
He is not without controversy, however, as the Pope still holds many traditional Catholic beliefs on topics such as abortion and euthanasia.
Pope Francis’s humble nature, progressive views on many important issues, and humanitarian work for the poor and sick make him a strong candidate to win the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
Edward Snowden: 20/1
If Donald Trump could win the Nobel Peace Prize, then Edward Snowden certainly has a shot. Snowden became one of the most talked about people on the planet after he released top secret information pertaining to the NSA’s surveillance activities.
Snowden has created a division of public opinion, with many praising his bravery for exposing the truth, and others criticizing his actions as a threat to national security.
Whether you agree with Snowden or not, his actions have led to massive changes in the US’s surveillance capabilities, and revealed to the world just how invasive a government can be. He is an underdog to win the Nobel Prize, but it’s certainly possible.
Donald Trump: 100/1
Ah at last. If two years ago someone told me Donald Trump could win the Nobel Peace Prize, I would have called them crazy. If 6 months ago someone told me he could win the Nobel Prize, I would have referred them to a neurologist.
Trump’s path to become the Republican nominee has been one of the most bizarre events in recent memory. At first, it was almost refreshing. Trump threw out the book on how a politician should act. He resorted to elementary school level insults against anyone that questioned him. He made absurd comments during his rallies. He defended the size of his hands (and other body parts) on a number of interviews. It was comical, but seemed destined to wither away eventually.
Trump, however, had no intention of going quietly into the night. He surpassed almost every expectation and is now the Republican nominee, and could be the next president of the United States.
The odds of him winning the Nobel Peace Prize are low. Trump has no real basis for winning. He has done little to promote peace during his presidential campaign. If his rallies are any indication, Trump has probably done more to incite violence than peace, famously saying “I’d like to punch him in the face,” to a crowd of supporters after a man disrupted his speech.
Nonetheless, if Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has taught us anything, it’s that we should never count him out. It is extremely unlikely, but Donald Trump could win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Kanye West: 500/1
“Listen to the kids!” Kanye West yelled out during his speech at the 2015 Grammy Awards. What exactly that means remains a mystery. The Chicago-born rapper has repeatedly been in the spotlight for his bizarre outbursts and controversial statements. He is one of the biggest betting underdogs to win this year’s Nobel Prize, but as West says, “when you’re the absolute best, you get hated on the most.”
It has not been explicably stated what Kanye West has done to deserve the Peace Prize. In 2012, it was reported by business insider that West’s charity spent more than $500,000 in one year, none of which actually went to a charitable cause. The majority of the money went to salaries for the employees, as well as travel expenses, taxes, and legal fees.
The odds reflect the slim chance that Kanye West could win the Nobel Peace Prize, but it’s still fun to imagine. He is without a doubt one of the most polarizing musical figures of this century, and put his legacy best when he said, “fur pillows are actually hard to sleep on.” Wait, wrong Kanye West quote. Here it is. “I feel like I’m too busy writing history to read it.”
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