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Clay Aiken Apologizes For Defending Trump: ‘I Am A F*****g Dumbass’

This follows the president's "both sides" news conference.

08/16/2017 16:05 EDT | Updated 08/16/2017 16:08 EDT

Former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Clay Aiken backed Hillary Clinton last year, but he also defended Donald Trump against the accusations of racism that dogged his presidential campaign.

"I don't think he's a fascist. I don't think he's a racist," Aiken told Fox Business last year.

Now, he's taking it all back.

Hours after Tuesday's news conference where Trump blamed "both sides" for white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aiken tweeted:

Aiken, a Democrat who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, previously said he liked Trump even though they disagreed about politics. In 2015, Aiken told CNN that he considered Trump to be a friend, but said he's like "that uncle, who embarrasses the hell out of you sometimes and you still love them, but damn, you wish they'd shut up."

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