American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken knows exactly which demographics make up his fan base, and he has no shame in calling out pretend Claymates. Following numerous TV appearances to discuss his left-leaning politics, Aiken tweeted Tuesday at Donald Trump supporters who’ve claimed to denounce the “Invisible” singer due to his Democratic loyalties.
“Laughing at #Trump folks who r ‘throwing out’ my albums bc I dont support him,” Aiken wrote. “If ur a str8 dude over 30, ur not fooling any1. U never had 1.”
But there is one Trump supporter who likely considers herself a fan of the 2003 Idol runner-up: Aiken’s mom.
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“My mother votes Republican typically, [but] she’s not necessarily thrilled with Donald Trump as a candidate because he fired me on Apprentice,” Aiken told CNN Monday. “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.”
In a Huffington Post article, Aiken wrote he’s “ready for Hilary Clinton” but wishes she’d “learn from the Bern” when it comes to embracing progressive ideals. “That’s one of the many reasons I’ll cast my vote in the North Carolina primary for Bernie Sanders,” he states.
Aiken had a short-lived political career of his own since appearing on American Idol, with a 2014 run for Congress in his home state of North Carolina. Though he came in second to Republican representative Renee Ellmers, Aiken continues to advocate for equality and voice his political opinions, joining CNN for Super Tuesday coverage earlier in the month.