Fired 'Apprentice' Clay Aiken Admits His Mom Is Voting For Trump

Robert Jonathan

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.

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.

"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."

Although primarily known as an entertainer, Aiken is no stranger to politics, as he was a first-time candidate for Congress in 2014.

Congresswoman Ellmers' margin of victory was about 17 points in the GOP-leaning district.

In May 2014, Aiken's primary opponent died suddenly, thereby making Aiken the Democrat nominee by default. Election officials were still tabulating the ballots, with Aiken leading by a few hundred votes, when rival Keith Crisco sadly passed away.

Esquire TV filmed a four-hour miniseries about Aiken's failed campaign, although it's unclear if very many people actually watched it. The series also prompted criticism from some campaign donors on the west coast that the run for office may have been more about another reality show than getting elected.

Moreover, after the first GOP debate and the Trump-Megyn Kelly controversy, cast member Brande Roderick defended Donald Trump against charges of misogyny.

"I want [Trump] for president. I'm a Trump fan ever since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class — his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues all the other politicians failed to discuss, [Trump] is bringing us up to speed...Everyone is calling him a racist. He just wants people to come into this country legally and fill out the proper paperwork. That's how I'm viewing it...He's trying to make the country great. We're worrying too much about what's going on in Cuba, the Middle East. We have enough to worry about here."

Clay Aiken's three high-profile losses were deemed the "triple frown" by The Daily Caller.

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