Kelly Clarkson ‘Legitimately Frightened’ Donald Trump Will Be President

It looks like Kelly Clarkson and Bette Midler won’t be voting for Donald Trump when the 2016 U.S. presidential election rolls around in November.

Clarkson voiced her opinion of Trump on social media on January 25 when she told her more than 10.7 million Twitter followers that she was “legitimately frightened for our nation” that Trump may be elected.

Clarkson’s political remark came in response to a recent tweet by singer and actress Bette Midler, who took to the 140-character site earlier in the day to express her own hopes that Trump does not get elected later in the year.

“How can we live with a POTUS for four years who says things like ‘I could walk down Fifth Ave., shoot someone, and still not lose any votes?'” Midler tweeted, which then inspired Clarkson’s own candid social media response.

Although Kelly has yet to publicly throw her support behind a particular candidate for the coming election, she hasn’t been quite so shy about her political beliefs in the past. Clarkson famously performed “My Country Tis of Thee” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2013 and also voiced her support for presidential hopeful Ron Paul on social media one year prior in a now-deleted WhoSay post.

According to a report by the Huffington Post, Clarkson initially wrote on the site, “I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance.”

Kelly then allegedly added, “If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”

Kelly Clarkson’s remarks caused quite a stir online, forcing her to later issue an apology following an alleged homophobic and racist controversy that surrounded the once presidential hopeful.

According to the site, Clarkson later wrote, “I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights.”

“I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all,” Kelly continued, adding, “Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.”

But while Kelly Clarkson’s mind appears to be on the presidential election right now, Clarkson will probably start thinking about votes of a different kind pretty soon. It was announced last week that Kelly will be returning to the show that made her a household name, American Idol, for its final season, which is currently airing on Fox.

The Ryan Seacrest-led talent search announced the news at a recent TCA Winter press tour, where executive producer Trish Kinane revealed that Kelly will be returning to the series one final time as both a performer and a guest judge.

“We’ve invited [Kelly] to be part of this season and she’s really happy to be,” Kinane said of Clarkson, adding, “She will be a guest judge on our first live top 10 show and she’ll also perform.”

It was also confirmed that Clarkson will be appearing on the first of the current series’ live episodes.

Clarkson’s big return comes just over a year after Kelly last returned to the American Idol stage to perform her audition song, “At Last” by Ette James, to celebrate 13 years since she first shot to fame on the show.

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