Fired ‘Apprentice’ Clay Aiken Admits His Mom Is Voting For Trump

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Nov. 7 2017, Updated 3:06 a.m. ET

Clay Aiken’s mom is apparently voting for Donald Trump even though he fired her son on national TV at the end of the Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.

While his mother seems to be overcoming her misgivings about the presidential hopeful, Clay Aiken himself finds Trump “terrifying.”

Trump’s famous catchphrase is or was “You’re Fired,” except for the last man or woman standing who instead hears, “You’re Hired,” although the celebrity version of the long-running reality show is all about raising money for charity rather than actually going to work for one of The Donald’s many business ventures.

Aiken was the runner-up to Arsenio Hall in Season 5 of Celebrity Apprentice. The winner and loser were announced by Trump in the live season finale on May 20, 2012.

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Aiken also finished in second place in American Idol to Ruben Studdard in 2003, the show that launched his singing career.

On CNN yesterday afternoon, Aiken, a Democrat, revealed his mother’s voting preference in the upcoming North Carolina Primary on March 15, Politico reported.

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“I mean, my mother — votes Republican typically, she’s not necessarily thrilled with Donald Trump as a candidate because he fired me on Apprentice. She watched the debates, the most recent debate, and decided, and a number of people in North Carolina who I’ve spoken to have decided, to vote for Trump because the establishment is attacking him and they’re tired of typical politicians. A lot of the people who are supporting Trump are supporting him because he’s not a typical — he’s not a typical politician.”

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In a blog essay on the Huffington Post, Aiken wrote, in part, that “And while Trump is legitimately terrifying, I would argue that the rise of outside politicians like Trump and Sanders may ultimately be a good thing for our country.”

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