Some students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shot down the idea of President Trump receiving the Nobel Peace Prize but defended former President Barack Obama’s award in 2009.
Campus Reform Media Director Cabot Phillips spoke to the students and found that some could not give a reason why Obama won the award less than a year into his first term.
The president announced on Twitter Thursday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet in a historic summit on June 12 in Singapore.
The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Trump also made the announcement just hours after he welcomed home three American prisoners released by North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang.
“That’s a joke,” one student said of the idea of President Trump receiving the award. “What has he done for peace?”
“I feel like he just thinks that he deserves many awards and that’s just stupid,” another student said.
The students added that Obama deserved his award, but could not tell Phillips what he did to deserve it.
VIDEO: Students say Trump doesn't deserve Nobel, but Obama does https://t.co/L6DshQHxsq
— Campus Reform (@campusreform) May 12, 2018
“It’s not that these students are forgetting obvious reasons, there just wasn’t that much to go on in the first place,” Phillips said.
Some have argued that since President Trump’s breakthrough with Kim Jong Un, the potential for denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula warrants the Nobel Peace Prize.
Phillips said that if Obama had achieved denuclearization, “they would have already renamed the prize the ‘Obama Peace Prize.'”