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Donald Trump Gets Nobel Peace Prize Nomination for 'Vigorous Peace Through Strength Ideology

Thousands of people around the world are allowed to make nominations for the award, including parliamentary ministers, government members, former prize winners and some university professors.

BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 02: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speaks at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on January 2, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Trump, who has strong support from Southern voters, spoke to thousands in the small Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. Trump continues to split the GOP establishment with his populist and controversial views on immigration, muslims and some of his recent comments on women. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is reportedly in the running to receive the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

Despite the billionaire's controversial call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, which drew international backlash, Trump earned the nomination for the award because of his tough stance on terrorism and other security threats, according to Nobel watcher Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.

BILOXI, MS - JANUARY 02: Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speaks at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on January 2, 2016 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Trump, who has strong support from Southern voters, spoke to thousands in the small Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. Trump continues to split the GOP establishment with his populist and controversial views on immigration, muslims and some of his recent comments on women. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speaks at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Jan. 2 in Biloxi, Mississippi. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Harpviken said the nominating letter he received outlined why Trump deserved the award. Supporters wrote that the real estate mogul deserved the prize because of "his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China," according to the Agence France-Presse.

Thousands of people around the world are allowed to make nominations for the award, including parliamentary ministers, government members, former prize winners and some university professors. The Nobel Institute accepts all valid nominations, which must be submitted by Feb. 1, but the names of nominees remain confidential.

Other potential nominees for the prestigious prize include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was Time's person of the year in 2015, and Pope Francis, according to the AFP.

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to four Tunisian groups who led the country's transition to democracy.

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