Give Donald Trump a Nobel prize

By Khaled Diab

It is outrageous that the fake news is not outraged that has been left empty handed at this year's Nobel awards. This oversight must be rectified next year.

Obama got a prize after eight months, but not Trump.
Photo: Nobel Institute

Friday 6 October 2017

Not only did the Norwegian Nobel Committee pre-emptively award Barack Hussein Obama the Nobel peace prize only eight or so months into his presidency, it has betrayed its liberal bias against Donald Trump. In addition to slapping him in the face, it has undermined his foreign policies by awarding this year's peace prize to his enemies.

I mean the prize was awarded simultaneously with Trump's announcement of the “calm before the storm” regarding the Iran nuclear deal. How much more blatant can it get?

And the insult does not end there. The acronym for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons (ICAN) suspiciously echoes Obama's successful campaign slogan, “Yes, we can.”

I would not be at all surprised that Donald Trump is fuming right now at this double slight and thinking about where the Nobel Committee and the liberal media can stick that award. Yes, they can – truly so.

As a limp-wristed progressive who was opposed to prematurely awarding a peace prize to Obama, whose foreign policy change was cosmetic, I cannot advocate that Trump be awarded the peace prize, as he cooks up conflicts on multiple fronts.

However, there is an award which Trump richly deserves, and I would like to take this opportunity to nominate the president for next year's in . In fact, I believe Trump should have already been awarded this year's prize.

Naturally, as a writer and as a reader, I can see why Kazuo Ishiguro deserves respect and how the Japanese-British novelist has “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

Nevertheless, with all due respect, while Ishiguro's pen uncovers the abyss, Donald Trump actually embodies and embraces it. The US president possesses an innovative ability to surpass fiction and actually live it.

The reality TV star's apparently improbable rise to power is a story whose magical freakism would stretch the credibility of any fiction writer to the limit, yet Trump managed it in real life – whatever that currently means.

Moreover, during his time in office, the US president has demonstrated a singular inability to discern fact from fiction, from actual conspiracies, facts from alternative facts and truth from post-truth. His detachment from reality would be the envy of any lifelong dictator, but Trump has managed this despotic dissonance in a few short months – perhaps his long career as business monarch prepared him for this fantastical feat.

More impressively still, Donald Trump has managed to persuade millions of his supporters of a number of elaborate, far-fetched fictions, perhaps the most astounding of which is that a self-centred, self-absorbed, selfish billionaire out to enrich himself through public office is somehow the president of the common man and woman who is draining the swamp, making America great again and putting America first.

Awarding Trump the Nobel prize in literature would also continue the creative path beaten by the Swedish Academy last year when it unexpectedly named Bob Dylan its Nobel laureate. If an American rocker can win the Nobel prize in literature, why not an American politician, tycoon and reality TV star?

Naturally, Trump is not the sole political candidate for this prestigious award. North Korea's Kim Jong-un should be considered as a co-laureate. Both face stiff competition from the likes of Syria's , ISIS's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Russia's Vladimir Putin or 's Recep Erdoğan.

I suspect some readers will disagree with my choice of category and will insist that Donald Trump deserves a Nobel in physics, for the quantum leap he has made in transforming reality into simultaneously a truth and a lie, fact and fiction (faction or fict). Despite his denial of , Trump demonstrates the possible existence of multiple universes, and that we are suspended in the alternate reality where pink elephants fall out of the sky and explode into a candyfloss mushroom cloud.

Regardless of those alternative possible nominations, I insist that Trump most deserves the literature prize, and I hope the Swedish Academy will award it to him next year – if we are all still here, of course.

Author

  • Khaled Diab

    Khaled Diab is an award-winning journalist, blogger and writer who has been based in Tunis, Jerusalem, Brussels, Geneva and Cairo. Khaled also gives talks and is regularly interviewed by the print and audiovisual media. Khaled Diab is the author of two books: Islam for the Politically Incorrect (2017) and Intimate Enemies: Living with Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land (2014). In 2014, the Anna Lindh Foundation awarded Khaled its Mediterranean Journalist Award in the press category. This website, The Chronikler, won the 2012 Best of the Blogs (BOBs) for the best English-language blog. Khaled was longlisted for the Orwell prize in 2020. In addition, Khaled works as communications director for an environmental NGO based in Brussels. He has also worked as a communications consultant to intergovernmental organisations, such as the EU and the UN, as well as civil society. Khaled lives with his beautiful and brilliant wife, Katleen, who works in humanitarian aid. The foursome is completed by Iskander, their smart, creative and artistic son, and Sky, their mischievous and footballing cat. Egyptian by birth, Khaled's life has been divided between the Middle East and Europe. He grew up in Egypt and the UK, and has lived in Belgium, on and off, since 2001. He holds dual Egyptian-Belgian nationality.

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