Clay Aiken apologizes for ever supporting Donald Trump, says ‘I am a f-ing dumbass’

People are still reeling from Donald Trump’s racist press conference yesterday during which he defended white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members who participated in the deadly march in Charlottesville, North Carolina last weekend.

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Now, Clay Aiken has issued an apology for ever defending Trump in the past, calling #45 “actually racist” and calling himself “a f-ing dumbass” for supporting him, along with the hashtag #ImSorry.

Aiken tweeted yesterday evening:

He followed that up with another tweet ten minutes later that read:

Aiken was finalist on Season 5 of The Celebrity Apprentice. He had previously considered Trump somewhat of a mentor, often calling him for advice during his 2014 campaign in the North Carolina congressional election, though he maintains that he did not vote for him in the 2016 presidential election:

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