VIDEO: Students say Trump doesn't deserve Nobel, but Obama does

Cabot Phillips
Media Director

  • Donald Trump has been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing the Korean peninsula to the brink of peace, but students at UC Santa Cruz say he doesn't deserve it, calling the Nobel "too good" for Trump.
  • In contrast, they enthusiastically agreed that Barack Obama deserved to win the prize in 2009, though most were dumbfounded when asked to described what Obama did to earn the award.
  • Students at UC Santa Cruz were quick to shoot down the idea of President Trump winning the Nobel Peace Prize, but had no such qualms about Barack Obama winning the prize in 2009.

    Since his election in 2016, President Donald Trump has made clear his willingness to use force against North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un if they were unwilling to denuclearize and come to the negotiating table. 

    "It’s just too good of a prize for him to have credit for."   

    This month, North and South Korea came together for historic peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the decades long conflict, and supporters of President Trump were quick to claim he deserves credit for his role in fostering peace in the region.

    “Clearly, credit goes to President Trump,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said recently, adding, “he’s been determined to come to grips with this since day one.”

    [RELATED: VIDEO: Students hate Trump’s SOTU...before it even happens!]

    Since the breakthrough, some have even argued that Trump deserves consideration for the Nobel Peace Prize. But what would college students think?

    I headed to the University of California, Santa Cruz to find out what students think about President Trump’s role, and whether they think he deserves consideration for the Nobel Prize. 

    After speaking with numerous students throughout the afternoon, it became abundantly clear: they do not think he deserves any such award. 

    “Hell, no; that’s a joke. What has he done for peace?” offered one student, while another added, “No. I feel like he just thinks that he deserves many awards.”

    “It’s just too good of a prize for him to have credit for,” declared a particularly enthusiastic student.

    [RELATED: VIDEO: Students say Obama deserves Peace Prize, but can’t say why]

    Next, I decided to ask if they thought President Obama deserved the same award, which he won in 2009. The students passionately, and almost unanimously, agreed that he did. 

    However, most were speechless when asked to describe what Obama did to earn the award. 

    Watch the full video to see their responses:


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    Cabot Phillips

    Cabot Phillips

    Media Director
    Cabot Phillips is the Media Director for Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform he spent time working on numerous campaigns—most recently as the Digital Grassroots Director for Marco Rubio’s Presidential bid. Phillips is also a YouTube Partner, creating and starring in numerous videos which have amassed over 70 million views across varying online platforms.  In 2016, Phillips was named to Red Alert Politics "30 Under 30" list of the nation's most influential young conservatives.
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