Former Trump aides find bizarre second acts on Cameo
Need a birthday shoutout for that special someone? You could give them the gift of Trump — sort of.
After being fired (and in some cases, forcibly removed) from their roles in the White House and presidential campaign, many of President Trump’s former aides and officials have begun unlikely second acts on Cameo.
The company, launched in 2017 by former Microsoft engineer Devon Townsend and NFL agent Martin Blencowe, allows celebrities of all stripes to record personal online messages for fans for a nominal fee.
The ever-expanding Cameo roster of Trump alums includes former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka; former White House Public Liaison communications director Omarosa Manigault Newman; Anthony Scaramucci, who served as White House communications director for 10 days in July 2017; ex-press secretary Sean Spicer; ex-2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone.
No former Obama administration officials are on the website.
“Trump folks have much more of a political celebrity,” one former senior campaign official told the Post.
While a shoutout from Sean Spicer will set you back $199, the other former power players could be yours for anywhere between $45 and $75, with the talent setting their own rates.
Sean Spicer on Cameo
“It was a way to make income and it is very productive. It’s a lot of work because, in all honesty, I have had so many orders I have trouble keeping up with them,” Stone told The Post, saying the income went toward legal expenses in his protracted fight with Robert Mueller’s special-counsel investigators.
Stone, who joined the service in March, says he’s made around 500 videos so far and has taken requests for birthday messages, anniversary greetings and pretty much anything else. In one passionate recording, he announced his support for the “Free Britney” movement which opposes the family conservatorship preventing the pop star from accessing her fortune.
“I’m a gun for hire,” Stone said, who charges $75 per message.
The weirdest request Omarosa ever received came from a man who asked her for a video telling his fiancé that he was calling off the engagement.
“He literally wanted me to use the line, ‘You’re fired.’”
She said she wouldn’t do it, as is the right of any Cameo star.
The longtime Trump associate and “Apprentice” celeb — who infamously recorded senior White House officials in advance of her own bestselling tell-all, calls herself “the queen of the birthday greeting” and charges $49 a pop.
Sebastian Gorka and Corey Lewandowski appear in Cameo videos.
Scaramucci, a longtime financier in no need of quick cash, says he’s done 973 videos so far at $50 apiece, with all the money going to charity. Spicer donates his earnings to pancreatic cancer research and veterans organizations.
“I don’t make any money off of it … I probably do 10 a week and it takes me about a minute each,” Spicer told The Post. “I’ve looked at it as a small way to raise money for causes that I care about.”