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Clay Aiken: My mom’s voting Trump, even though he fired me

Singer Clay Aiken on Tuesday said his mother is voting for Donald Trump — despite the GOP presidential front-runner canning him from his reality television show in 2012.

“I mean, my mother votes Republican typically. She’s not necessarily thrilled with Donald Trump as a candidate because he fired me on [‘The Celebrity] Apprentice,’” Aiken said on CNN, as first reported by Politico.

{mosads}“She watched the debates, the most recent debate, and decided,” Aiken said, citing last week’s 11th GOP presidential debate in Detroit.

“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,” added Aiken, who unsuccessfully ran for a House seat representing the Tar Heel State’s 2nd Congressional District in 2014.

Aiken also argued that Trump is resonating with voters exhausted by politics as usual from traditional lawmakers.

“A lot of people who are supporting Trump are supporting him because he’s not a typical — he’s not a typical politician,” he said.

The former “American Idol” runner-up added that campaign ads deriding Trump’s course language would not dent his popularity with voters.

“[Similar attacks] have backfired as well,” Aiken said, referencing a television clip from American Future Fund detailing Trump’s vulgar rhetoric.

Aiken placed second after talk-show host Arsenio Hall during the 2012 season of the Trump-hosted show “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

He first achieved national fame as the runner-up of the 2003 “American Idol” music competition, where he lost to fellow vocalist Ruben Studdard.

Aiken failed to unseat Rep. Renee Elmers (R-N.C.) during a heated House race in 2014 that drew national headlines over his celebrity.

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