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Carter Throws Left for a Loop... Trump Nobel Prize Makes Sense

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Imagine if you had gotten Vegas odds on President Donald Trump winning a Nobel Peace Prize back in January or so. You could have had a shot at being rich — like, Steve Jobs rich.

After all, nobody would have predicted Trump would have won the award, not even the most MAGA-cap wearing Trump fan there is. Now, plenty of respectable people — people far removed from the basket of deplorables — are tipping Trump for the award due to his efforts to secure peace with North Korea.

And one of them is one of America’s most famous (and liberal) winners.

In an interview with Politico’s “Off Message” podcast, former President Jimmy Carter — the 2002 winner of the award — threw liberals for a loop when he said he believed Trump could be deserving of the Nobel for his work with Kim Jong Un’s regime.

“If President Trump is successful in getting a peace treaty that’s acceptable to both sides with North Korea, I think he certainly ought to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Carter told Politico.

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“I think it would be a worthy and a momentous accomplishment that no previous president has been able to realize.”

The man who negotiated the peace between Egypt and Israel also said Pyongyang’s threats were to be expected.

“If they’re under constant belief that the United States wants to attack them, even using nuclear weapons — which many Democrats and Republican leaders in our country have mentioned as a possibility — and that we are destroying their economy, and they know that they’re starving to death primarily because the United States withholds food aid, for instance, just giving them surplus food that we can’t ever use, then I can understand how they feel,” Carter said.

“I think that the next mediator, next negotiator — maybe President Trump, I hope — will reassure them that we’re willing to give up some of those things — the threat of attack on them and to lift the embargo. That would be a cheap price, in my opinion, to pay for a cessation of their nuclear program.”

Do you think that Donald Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Carter’s praise for Trump was hardly unalloyed, as was to be expected (I don’t think Trump would particularly want it, either, given Carter’s record of success with anything not involving Anwar Sadat and/or Menachem Begin.)

Carter said that Trump had dealt “a damaging blow to peace” by moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, as required by law; given that Carter is a Palestinian partisan this was hardly surprising.

He also said that “(t)here’s a general feeling, on a global basis, that democracy has reached its peak and is declining,” when asked about whether Trump’s election was “a challenge to democratic ideals.”

That’s right, the democratic will of the electorate as spelled out in the Constitution has somehow weakened democracy.

Like so many things that come out of the mouths of Democrats, I shall just leave that nugget of smugness out there for summary judgment.

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Nevertheless, you can almost see the suzerains of the Democratic Party trying to surgically lift their jaws off the floor from this. Jimmy Carter, their malaise-tinged hero, thinks Donald Trump is Nobel material.

You could almost feel sorry for them. Almost.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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