Donald Trump's campaign to be the next US president took a hit after a defeat in Iowa at the hands of rival Republican Ted Cruz on Tuesday (Feb 2), but the billionaire would probably find solace in the news that he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
While the names of the nominees for the annual prize are traditionally kept secret, Trump's nomination was revealed on Twitter by Kristian Berg Harpviken, a respected Nobel watcher and director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.
"Mr @realDonaldTrump has been nominated for the #NobelPeacePrize by an eligible US citizen for his "peace through strength ideology," he said.
Rumours of Trump's nomination came as a surprise. Although the 69-year-old businessman is thought to be a frontrunner in the race to the White House, he remains a divisive figure due to his track record for courting controversy.
Some of his proposals as US president include "building a huge wall across the Mexican border to keep migrants out" and "banning muslims from entering the country".
As evidence to Trump's unpopularity, a man who was arrested on Jan 27 and charged for allegedly throwing tomatoes at him during a rally in Iowa, was labelled a 'hero' by netizens.
Netizens also posted digitally enhanced images of his mouth on photos of pufferfish. Another photo being shared widely, shows his face superimposed on Harry Potter villain Dolores Umbridge's head.