President Donald Trump's hopes of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize were quashed on Friday after the committee gave the award to Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict."
Trump had hoped to win the Nobel for his efforts to denuclearize North Korea and stabilize the relationship between dictator Kim Jong Un and the rest of the world.
Those ambitions ended early Friday morning when the Prize was given to two activists who have been fighting to end the warlike weaponization of sexual assault.
2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending victims of war-ti… https://t.co/Se7f9pE7XT— The Nobel Prize (@The Nobel Prize) 1538730095.0
Some Republicans banked on Trump winning "in recognition of his work to end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula, and bring peace to the region."
"If Donald Trump gets the Nobel Peace Prize, liberals all over the world would jump out of buildings," Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) once said.
Though Trump and his Republican allies boastfully promoted Trump as a frontrunner for the Prize, they have been noticeably silent since the announcement was made.
Social media, however, has been buzzing with joy at the news that Trump - whose own history with women includes affairs, paying off porn stars, and numerous allegations of sexual misconduct - was rejected in favor of people fighting to end sexual brutality.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two leading figures in the movement to end sexual violence as a weapon of war.… https://t.co/Szv8QrsHCW— Travis Allen 🇺🇸 (@Travis Allen 🇺🇸) 1538738079.0
Poetic justice: Warriors in the battle to eradicate sexual violence beat sexual violence promoter (Kavanaugh, Roy… https://t.co/gkdowmSuIr— Col. Morris Davis (@Col. Morris Davis) 1538733012.0
If I'm not mistaken, the Nobel Peace Prize committee are trolling Trump and Kavanaugh.— Jason Hickel (@Jason Hickel) 1538742139.0
The perverse paradox cannot be more stark: Almost at the same time as the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to anti-sex… https://t.co/v2DLEVyUUx— Bill Madden (@Bill Madden) 1538764132.0
Twitter praised the two winners, including a tribute from Hillary Clinton.
Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad’s work to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war has brought awareness to… https://t.co/PKSCDyYv3U— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton) 1538759002.0
Scores of people echoed Clinton's sentiment.
@NobelPrize @womensmarch - Today the Nobel Prize was awarded to two fantastic people for there hard work against se… https://t.co/p64m0LHfEz— Elisabeth Brøndbo (@Elisabeth Brøndbo) 1538731644.0
@NobelPrize My thanks to the Nobel Committee for recognizing the courage and leadership of Nadia Murad and Dr. Deni… https://t.co/59RAs4259w— Alex Bugailiskis (@Alex Bugailiskis) 1538731180.0
@NobelPrize Congrats on addressing #sexualviolence in #conflict & crisis by awarding #NobelPeacePrize to… https://t.co/d0zlRaJthS— Inclusion Rider (@Inclusion Rider) 1538747988.0
@NobelPrize @vvanwilgenburg Very welll deserved— Jan günhan (@Jan günhan) 1538738734.0
@NobelPrize Many congratulations to @NadiaMuradBasee ! Hopefully this will raise the plight of the Yezidis to even… https://t.co/zLpdRRklkH— ravinder singh (@ravinder singh) 1538734142.0
@NobelPrize Congratulations such a brave individual— Luisa Marlén Remond (@Luisa Marlén Remond) 1538742925.0
@NobelPrize Thank you for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege. They are real heroes!— Priscilla P. Bunke (@Priscilla P. Bunke) 1538752147.0
@TheKingCenter It is well deserved.— Darren Hamblin (@Darren Hamblin) 1538743479.0
@NobelPrize Two excellent Nobel Peace Prize laureates! Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, also Sacharov Prize laureates… https://t.co/C1oo88P7mE— Sophie in 't Veld (@Sophie in 't Veld) 1538732518.0
@NobelPrize Well deserved and worthy winners. People really make wonderful things from tragedy— Rob Cornelius 🌍 (@Rob Cornelius 🌍) 1538731531.0
A little about the recipients:
Murad at 23 was named the U.N.'s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking and has worked tirelessly to end the abuses of Yazidi women by the Islamic State.
Nadia Murad, awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself… https://t.co/irfPgOFLoH— The Nobel Prize (@The Nobel Prize) 1538730179.0
@NobelPrize First ever Iraqi Noble Prize .... Ms Murad, 25, who is Yazidi, has campaigned through telling of the se… https://t.co/c11AtP3Xee— Dr. Ali Sherbaz (@Dr. Ali Sherbaz) 1538735412.0
Her story is harrowing.
Nadia Murad was taken by ISIS and raped and tortured, while almost every member of her family was killed. She survi… https://t.co/LoimkZpYva— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool) 1538745855.0
"In December 2015, she told the U.N. Security Council how she and thousands of other Yazidi women and girls were abducted, held in captivity and repeatedly raped after the Iraqi area of Sinjar fell to IS militants in August 2014," The Independent noted. "She escaped after three months in captivity."
As for Mukwege, the Nobel committee called him "the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflicts." Mukgewe has aided and treated victims of sexual violence in the ongoing Congolese civil war.
Mukgewe was performing surgery when he got word that he had won the Nobel Prize.
"I can see in the faces of many women how they are happy to be recognised." Denis Mukwege was performing his secon… https://t.co/sS5k3uIzWR— The Nobel Prize (@The Nobel Prize) 1538739786.0
"The importance of Dr. Mukwege's enduring, dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overstated. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war," the committee said.