Ex-Trump Press Sec Sean Spicer Criticized for Selling Special Valentines Day Videos for $199

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has announced a special sale on personalized videos of himself, promising to deliver "the best Valentine's Day gift ever."

Spicer is selling the videos through Cameo, a website that offers custom video "shout outs" from a range of celebrities and public figures.

"Hey guys, it's Sean Spicer with an amazing deal," Spicer said in a video posted to his Instagram account Tuesday. "This month, for the entire month of February, my videos that normally cost $400 are over 50 percent off."

"$199 is going to give you the best Valentine's Day gift ever," he added. "What [better] way to say, 'I love you, I'm thinking of you' this Valentine's day, than a video from me?"

Spicer said that all proceeds from the videos would be going to the wounded veterans' charity The Independence Fund. A video on his Cameo page indicates that he donates profits from the videos to a different charity each month.

"So, you're doing something really good," Spicer said. "And you're giving the best gift you can possibly give to that special person in your life—a video from me."

Regardless of the fact Spicer is not personally profiting off the videos, the offer quickly sparked an avalanche of reaction on social media, largely from people mocking the concept of Spicer offering Valentine's Day videos.

"I think Sean Spicer should be the vid you pay for to break up with someone," tweeted Republican operative Cheri Jacobus.

"People who pay for or receive a $199 love message from Sean Spicer do not deserve orgasms," user @slwein tweeted.

"Is getting a message from Sean Spicer somehow romantic for someone??? Yikes," tweeted @williamadler78.

"All the proceeds from the videos are going to The Independence Fund, who provide tracked wheel chairs to wounded veterans," said Katie Armstrong, a spokesperson for Spicer, in a statement to Newsweek. "A tracked wheel chair costs about $16,000, and we are well on the way to raising $3,000 on Cameo in the past 24 hours."

Spicer was given the position of White House press secretary at the beginning of President Donald Trump's term. He was noted for making a number of disputed or false statements during his short time in the role, which ended in July 2017. He famously claimed that the audience at Trump's inauguration was the "largest crowd ever," despite contradictory photographs and estimates from experts.

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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, pictured in Burbank, California on November 12, 2019, has offered personalized Valentine's Day videos to the public for $199, calling them "the best gift you can possibly give to that special person in your life." Paul Archuleta/Getty

More recently, he made waves during a run on the reality show Dancing With The Stars in fall 2019, grabbing attention partly due to his outlandish outfits, which included a memorable ruffled lime green shirt. Although he did not win the competition, his tenure on the show was longer than many viewers expected, with Trump supporters and the president himself lobbying for him on social media.

Spicer's continuing ties to Trump were boosted on Tuesday, after the White House announced that he would be rejoining the administration as a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.