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John Rich to Clay Aiken: “You Should Be Ashamed for Racist Comments”

Truth rating: 10

By Shari Weiss



John Rich and Clay Aiken got into a war of words on Twitter late Tuesday, with Rich accusing Aiken of being “racist.”

The drama began when the former “American Idol” runner-up tweeted, “Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention. #soberasamormon.”

Rich, a Republican, objected to the tweet, writing, “CLAY! You should be ashamed for racist comments like THAT! WOW.”

He continued, “I wonder how long it will be till @clayaiken takes that idiotic post down. Clay, you’re better than that…I hope.”

“And to finish it off, @clayaiken hashtags soberasamormon?” Rich asked. “I thought your charity was for inclusion, not EXCLUSION. What happened?”

Aiken, however, did not take down his tweet — and instead fired back.

“My charity is [for inclusion],” the singer wrote. “Why isn’t your party? ;-)”


Earlier this year, Aiken participated in “Celebrity Apprentice” on behalf of The National Inclusion Project, coming in second place and winning the organization more than $300,000.

Rich is a prior “Celebrity Apprentice” winner.

How long until Donald Trump calls them to hash things out back in the boardroom?

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