Christian Tybring-Gjedde is the Norwegian member of parliament who nominated President Donald Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Tybring-Gjedde, 57, told The Associated Press, “No matter how Trump acts at home and what he says at press conferences, he has absolutely a chance at getting the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Tybring-Gjedde said he nominated the president thanks to the results of peace talks Trump helped advance between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in August 2020. Tybring-Gjedde wrote on his Facebook page, via Facebook Translate, “The agreement can open for lasting peace between several Arab countries and Israel.” He added, “It is now to hope that the Nobel Committee is able to consider what Trump has achieved internationally and that it does not stumble in established prejudice against the US President. In his will, Alfred Nobel set three criteria to qualify for the Nobel Peace Prize. Donald Trump satisfies all three.”
The Associated Press reported that the deadline for nominations for the 2020 prize was in February, so Tybring-Gjedde nominated Trump for the 2021 prize.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Tybring-Gjedde Attended Loyola University Chicago on a Water Polo Scholarship
Tybring-Gjedde told Universitas, a Norweigian newspaper, in a September 2013 interview that he attended Loyola University Chicago on a water polo scholarship between 1984 and 1988. Tybring-Gjedde said that although he was not a member of a fraternity, he did regularly attend frat parties. The politician described the scene as being “completely wild.”
Tybring-Gjedde said that due to his water polo training schedule he only tried marijuana on a couple of occasions but that the drug didn’t have any effect on him.
According to his LinkedIn page, Tybring-Gjedde studied political science and government in Chicago. Following his graduation, Tybring-Gjedde studied international and global studies at the University of Denver as part of the class of 1990.
2. Tybring-Gjedde Nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018
In 2018, Tybring-Gjedde and another Progress Party member, Per-Willy Amundsen, nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Associated Press reported at the time that the pair nominated Trump thanks to the president’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Amundsen told Norwegian news agency NTK in 2018, “A process is underway to ensure world peace in the future. It’s a fragile process, but we must of course do what we can to help this process yield good results. I believe we can accomplish this by sending a clear signal, namely by awarding Trump the Nobel Peace Prize.”
In addition to Tybring-Gjedde and Amundsen, the president was nominated at the same time by 18 members of the Republican party in a letter to the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, CBS News reported.
3. Tybring-Gjedde’s Wife Also Represents Norway’s Progress Party
Tybring-Gjedde is married to fellow Progress Party representative Ingvil Smines, 55. The couple has four children together. The couple’s 21-year-old daughter, Mathilde Tybring-Gjedde, is an elected representative for Norway’s Conservative party.
An online profile on Smines said she twice served as a senior adviser to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2010 through 2011 and 2014 through 2015. Later, Smine served as the country’s Minister of State.
4. Tybring-Gjedde Believes Immigration Is the Biggest Issue Facing Norway
Tybring-Gjedde told Universitas that his time studying in the United States helped shape his views on immigration. He said, “The United States does not have the same welfare systems that we have here. There you have to perform to enjoy. In Norway, you can in reality come and just enjoy. In addition, Americans have stricter penal systems for crime than we do.”
In July 2011, The New York Times reported that Tybring-Gjedde was criticized in his homeland after he suggested that Muslims were more aggressive than Norwegians. A year earlier, Tybring-Gjedde compared traditional children wearing a hijab to a Ku Klux Klan hood, VG reported.
5. At the Time of Writing, 318 Candidates Had Been Nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
According to the Nobel committee’s official website, so far 318 candidates have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. They include 211 individuals and 107 organizations. The website says the 2020 number is the fourth-highest number of nominations in history. Only the names of the winners will be revealed; the other nominees will not be released by the committee for 50 years, in accordance with prize rules.
The most candidates ever nominated for the award came in 2016, when 376 candidates were nominated. The nominations for the prize must be sent to the committee by February 1.