Former Vice President Joe Biden will compete with President Donald Trump on another front, after a European lawmaker on Monday nominated the Democratic presidential nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Biden was nominated for the award by Chris Bryant, a Labour Party member of the U.K. Parliament, according to the British network Sky News. Bryant said the former vice president “has been a calming influence” in a period “when American cities have been in flames and citizen has been pitched against citizen.”
The prize, which has been awarded to numerous Americans, including President Theodore Roosevelt and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has played an outsize role in this year’s presidential election. A right-wing Norwegian MP nominated Trump earlier this month, citing the president’s efforts to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Trump, who once speculated that he’ll get a Nobel Prize “for a lot of things,” frequently raises his nomination in interviews and at rallies, complaining that he is not receiving more attention for it and that Barack Obama received the prize “like almost immediately” after becoming president. Biden’s presidential bid has been endorsed a record-breaking 94 Nobel laureates.
The prize will be announced in October, and the award ceremony will take place in Oslo in December.
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