Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken has been especially vocal these past few months about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Now, the singer wants to take back the positive things he said about the real estate mogul in the past.
Variety reports that last fall, Aiken praised Trump, stemming from his 2012 experience on Celebrity Apprentice 5. Similar to Season 2 of American Idol, Aiken took second place on Celebrity Apprentice, but he had nothing but good things to say about the show’s host. Aiken stated that Trump was a “good guy” and even warned it was mistake for people not to take him seriously in his quest to become president.
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“I’m a friend of his. I like him as a person. He’s always been very kind to me except for when he made me lose on ‘The Apprentice.’ But he’s a good guy and I certainly think people are mistaken if they don’t take him seriously and we see that in the poll numbers.”
Aiken now takes back those comments. The singer claimed that in light of the recent violence that continues at Trump rallies, he can’t continue to respect the GOP frontrunner.
“You can’t tell me that you are going to be the person who’s toughest with Vladimir Putin if you don’t even have the balls to tell your people not to hit folks. And I don’t have any respect for that.”
To make matters worse, Aiken said that Trump could be replaced by television personality Kris Jenner during his victory speeches, since the pop crooner apparently thinks that both Jenner and Trump have a deep need to be liked.
“[Trump] does not want to be disliked. That is hard to believe when you hear what he is saying, but he does not want to be disliked. And if he ends up as a candidate in the general election, he is going to moderate like nobody’s business, because he does not want to be disliked……You could just replace him with Kris Jenner and he could be saying the same thing.”
Aiken also said he was “kind of pissed” at Trump’s children Don, Eric, and Ivanka, for not standing up for their father. He once praised the Trump children, calling them the grounded, respectful, and smart.
“[Trump’s children] are some of the most grounded, smart, un-entitled individuals that you’d ever care to meet. They are incredibly respectful and smart and driven and grounded and I think that’s a testament to somebody as a father.”
The Measure of a Man singer was also involved in politics himself. In 2014, he became the Democratic Party candidate for the North Carolina 2nd congressional district. He was later defeated by Republican Party Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. When questioned on why he became involved in politics, Aiken said that it had nothing to do with politics itself, but he saw “a need” for changes in education.
“I didn’t run because I wanted to be a politician. I ran because I saw a need. I think that need still exists.”
After his defeat, Aiken, a member of the National Education Association (NEA), said he may run again, but it may be quite some time.
“I don’t think I’ll run in 2016 — that’s for sure. Probably not in 2018, maybe not even in 2020. I think eventually, I’ll run again.”
Trump isn’t the only presidential frontrunner getting criticism from Aiken. Earlier this month, he said that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “bores him to tears.” In a recent tweet, Clay Aiken also asked if Clinton had been checked for dementia after she claimed that Bernie Sanders didn’t support the HillaryCare health care efforts in the 1990s.
“Im not trying to be funny. Has anyone checked @HillaryClinton for dementia.”
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) March 13, 2016
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