9 Deleted Tweets That Congress Candidate Clay Aiken Doesn't Want You To See

  @ericbrownzzz on February 06 2014 4:12 PM
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Clay Aiken announced his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in a YouTube video. Youtube

Now that singer and former “American Idol” star Clay Aiken has announced his candidacy for Congress, he has to pay close attention to his image, and the first evidence of that cleanup appeared on his Twitter account. Or rather, it disappeared -- as Aiken deleted a number of tweets that some might find objectionable.

As BuzzFeed reports, an unspecified number of Aiken’s tweets disappeared after he announced his candidacy in North Carolina on Thursday, leaving only 123. None of the deleted tweets appear to be particularly offensive, but many referenced politicians in mildly flippant language that a congressional candidate would want to avoid.

Aiken may have deleted the tweets from his feed, but they’re still preserved at Favstar, which tracks the popularity of individual tweets. Let’s take a look at nine tweets that vanished from Aiken’s timeline.

For starters, turning the Republican National Convention into a drinking game -- involving a racial group, no less -- might be standard operating procedure for some viewers, but it's rather unbecoming of a candidate.

clay drinking game A deleted tweet from Clay Aiken's timeline  Clay Aiken

Aiken's deleted tweets also address Mitt Romney...

clay country club A deleted tweet from Clay Aiken's timeline  Clay Aiken

John Boehner...

clay boehner A deleted tweet from Clay Aiken's timeline  Clay Aiken

and his love for former President Bill Clinton.

clay billy c A deleted tweet from Clay Aiken's timeline  Clay Aiken

Even jokingly, Aiken, who is running as a Democrat, might not want to talk about voting Republican.

clay almost republican A deleted tweet from Clay Aiken's timeline  Clay Aiken

Aiken, by the way, was tweeting out a link to this video of a Jon Huntsman speech.

This next one needs a little bit of context: Aiken lost to Ruben Studdard and Arsenio Hall, both black men, in the reality-TV competitions "American Idol" and "The Apprentice," respectively. Here, he's referencing President Barack Obama winning his re-election campaign.

clay black white dude A deleted tweet from Clay Aiken's timeline  Clay Aiken

Some of Aiken's deleted tweets weren't controversial at all, just irrelevant to his campaign. Aiken loves the sitcom "Community," but he apparently won't be discussing Dan Harmon's return to the show on the campaign trail.

clay community A deleted tweet from Clay Aiken's timeline  Clay Aiken

Some however were a little more acerbic, taking shots at former North Carolina senator, Democratic presidential candidate, and philanderer, John Edwards.

clay edwards A deleted tweet from Clay Aiken's timeline  Clay Aiken

 

Finally, the most troubling of all: Aiken hates Twizzlers. No word yet on whether he’s a Red Vines guy, though.

clay twizzlers A deleted tweet from Clay Aiken's timeline  Clay Aiken

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