Is this a surprise, knowing what we know about the behind-the-scenes machinations of reality TV?
He added: "Donald Trump isn't the businessman that people believe he is because we saw him on TV, playing in "The Apprentice.' And he did look like he was leading, but on 'The Apprentice" he doesn't lead".
But according to Aiken, Trump was actually a puppet of the reality show's producers (NOPUPPETYOU'RETHEPUPPET) who had no idea what was going on on the set.
Aiken, who himself unsuccessfully ran for congress as a Democrat in North Carolina in 2014, wonders if Trump is leading the country the same way.
Mr Trump, who continued to be an executive producer for the show after his election, launched the reality TV series in 2004 and continues to hold it dear to his heart.More news: Triangle lines up for 80-cent doughnuts
"I think the Democrats, to some degree, hurt themselves more by constantly saying how disgusting Trump is and how awful the Republicans are because, it just, I think it helps it his argument that people are biased against him when all they hear is he's a fascist, all these terrible things about him", Aiken said.
But Aiken was also critical of the Democratic Party, saying, "I think the Democrats, to some degree, hurt themselves more by constantly saying how disgusting Trump is and how terrible the Republicans are because, it just, I think it helps it his argument that people are biased against him when all they hear is he's a fascist, all these frightful things about him". "I mean, NBC made those decisions". "Because he's a very gracious person. he's a nice guy". Trump hosted the two versions of the NBC show through 14 seasons. Aiken said he sees a similar pattern in Trump as president, arguing Trump doesn't appear to "be willing to do the work and the research to figure out what's going on".
He also showed how being a candidate provided him insights into the political process.
"Celebrity Apprentice" took a two-year hiatus in 2015 and 2016, but returned this year with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Republican governor of California, as its host.
Schwartz presents a man who is not interested in the details, with no attention span.
"A lot of people who are supporting Trump are supporting him because he's not a typical - he's not a typical politician,". "It's a very divisive period now, and I think this show got caught up in all that division".