Now, this is the news we didn't expect today...
Because when the word "Nobel Peace Prize" comes to mind...
Our former president, Donald Trump, isn't exactly the first person to come to mind for many, right?
Well, it's time to think again!
Because you guessed it... Donald Trump has just been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
Here's what we know...
Now, it's certainly been a strange few years...
GettyNo one could quite believe what they were hearing when the notorious business tycoon announced his plans to run for president during the 2016 presidential campaigns.
But when it came round to election day...
The world awoke on November 9th to see that America officially had its new, and very controversial, leader.
Trump immediately threw himself into the role of president of the United States...
And it was certainly up and down.
Trump sparked his fair share of outrage, imposing a temporary travel ban on Muslims entering and leaving the U.S. and banning transgender people from the military, just for example.
But he also passed a bill that makes animal cruelty a federal crime, and unemployment in the country was at an all-time low at just 3.6 percent.
Of course, Trump was certainly no stranger to criticism and controversy.
Much of his behavior while acting as president was seriously questioned, with many calling for him, again and again, to be impeached and even removed from office entirely.
And, last year...
Trump underwent an impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
And even though the Senate acquitted Trump of these charges on February 5, 2020, the impeachment left a nasty stain on the former president's reputation.
And, to make things even worse...
Shortly after the impeachment charges were dropped, the world was hit by the coronavirus pandemic which Trump was accused of handling awfully.
He insisted over and over again how "harmless" the virus was, despite catching it himself in October and seeing more than 390,000 American people die.
Of course, the people of America were left grieving and feeling angry...
But this didn't stop Trump from running as president for a second term in last year's 2020 elections.
Trump's presidential campaign was as chaotic as we'd all expected...
And in comparison to Democratic candidate Joe Biden's toned-down campaign, Trump seemed to be desperately grasping at straws.
He was clearly in panic mode and right up until November 3rd, when the votes started to get counted, Trump continued to spread lies about Biden and his campaign team in a desperate bid to be reelected.
But these efforts were to little avail.
On November 7th, it was confirmed that Joe Biden had won the election by amassing 284 electoral college seats to Trump's 214.
It was a clear and fair win for Biden and Kamala Harris...
But Trump refused to see it this way and, instead, went on to repeatedly accuse Biden and his team of election fraud.
According to Trump, the Republicans were the real winners of the election.
Trump's refusal to concede to Biden only poured more fuel on his army of angry supporters...
And this lead to the shocking scenes at the U.S Capitol building on January 6th, just weeks before Biden's inauguration.
At a "Save America" rally held in Washington D.C, the then-president encouraged his supporters to "fight for their country"...
Which lead to thousands of them flocking to the Capitol building and breaking in to cause total and utter havoc.
Chants could be heard saying, "Stop the steal!"...
And terrifying scenes soon started to unfold, with angry rioters looting personal and valuable items from the offices and chambers as members of Congress were quietly evacuated from the building.
It was history in the making...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building pic.twitter.com/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNONews) January 6, 2021
And it was also, undeniably, the biggest security breach our country has faced since 9/11.
5 people were confirmed to have died during the violent riot...
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 6, 2021
And during all of this, calls were repeatedly made for Trump to put a stop to the madness... but they were to little avail.
Trump eventually issued a series of small tweets asking for his supporters to simply "go home" and he down-right refused to take any responsibility for the riot, despite him being the one who encouraged his supporters to literally "fight back" earlier that day.
This lead to Trump being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Of course, we all know how much Trump loved Twitter, so this was a huge deal.
This got Congress talking, which lead to the decision to officially impeach Donald Trump just weeks before his term was up...
Making Trump the only president in history to be impeached twice during a presidential term.
So, it's safe to say that Donald Trump isn't having a good year so far...
But today's news is about to change all of that.
Because the news is in that Trump is being nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
Earlier today, the former president was nominated by an Estonian member of the European Parliament, Jaak Madison.
In a post on social media, Madison said, "In the last thirty years, Donald Trump is the first president of the United States, who during his tenure, has not started a war. Additionally, he signed several peace agreements in the Middle East which have helped provide stability in the region and peace."
Madison was referring to the Abraham Accords, a joint statement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States and later, with Bahrain and other Arab countries.
"We encourage efforts to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue to advance a culture of peace among the three Abrahamic religions and all humanity," according to a statement on the State Department's website.
"We believe that the best way to address challenges is through cooperation and dialogue and that developing friendly relations among States advances the interests of lasting peace in the Middle East and around the world."
Who knows if Trump will actually win this time!
So make sure to stay posted for updates on this developing story.