UPDATE: After being ridiculed across the internet for showcasing the brands she was wearing while on a government-backed trip with her husband, actress Louise Linton is now apologizing for the faux pas.
After a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, that is now under investigation, Linton, who is the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, shared a photo of herself in front of a government plane flaunting her brand name clothes and accessories.
After a series of individuals criticized Linton for her out-of-touch post, she unleashed on them publicly, asking her detractors whether they had “given more to the economy than” her and Mnuchin. In her response, Linton, who's a former Goldman Sachs executive, also claimed the couple “sacrificed” a great deal to be where they are now.
But after deleting her response post, she is now apologizing for her comments.
“My post itself and the following response were indefensible. Period. I don’t have any excuses, nor do I feel any self-pity for the backlash I experienced,” she said during a recent interview.
“I sincerely take ownership of my mistake. It’s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending.”
Without mentioning the investigation into the trip she was part of with her husband, she acknowledged that being the wife of a government employee means she should be held to “a higher standard of ethics and care.” Because of that, she continued, she felt she was out of line by responding to the criticism she received in such a heated way.
“I don’t know why I did this time, but I really regret it,” she said. “I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone. It was an out of character, knee-jerk reaction, and I felt so awful about it that I removed it.”
After this “life-changing event,” she told reporters, the entire ordeal served as a “good, hard wake-up call.”
Regardless of how she feels about it now, it's clear that it took her a long while to come to terms with how out-of-touch she was for flaunting her style while on a government trip, paid for by hard-working taxpayers. Was it fear of being under scrutiny and jeopardizing her husband's position due to the ongoing investigation that did the trick? We might never know.
Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, had an elitist meltdown on social media after a taxpayer called her out for flaunting her designer couture in front of an Air Force jet.
The 36-year-old Scottish actress, who tied the knot with the former Goldman Sachs banker earlier this year in an extravagant wedding, recently posted a picture on her Instagram account that showed the couple stepping off a government jet in Kentucky.
The caption read, “Great #daytrip to #Kentucky! #nicest #people #beautiful #country #usa.” In a highly unusual move, she then named several fashion brands, including Tom Ford, Hermès, Ronald Mouret and Valentino.
In response to Linton’s privileged Instagram post, online user Jenni Miller commented: “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”
Linton pretty much lost her cool and showed exactly what privilege looks like by posting this:
“Cute! Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours. You’re adorably out of touch. Thanks for the passive aggressive nasty comment. Your kids look very cute. Your life looks cute. I know you’re mad but deep down you’re really nice and so am I. Sending me passive aggressive Instagram comments isn’t going to make life feel better. Maybe a nice message, one filled with wisdom and hunanity [sic] would get more traction. Have a pleasant evening. Go chill out and watch the new game of thrones. It’s fab!”
Linton then made her Instagram account private.
However, the screenshots immediately went viral on Twitter.
why was she tagging all the #brands she was wearing? Is it so they’ll give her free clothes? And if so, is that legal?— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) August 22, 2017
Wow - a bit defensive, no? What sort of person rubs in how much more they pay in taxes than somebody else to boost their own ego? Sheesh.— Lynn R Schrader (@lynnrschrader) August 22, 2017
Steve Mnuchin's wife makes sure we know how rich & self-sacrificing she & her husband are. You may supply other adjectives if you so choose. https://t.co/EvkOrE3Y4P— Beth Talmage (@wordygirl11) August 22, 2017
This is not the first time Linton has come under fire.
In 2016, she wrote a memoir about her time in Zambia back when she was a student. “In Congo’s Shadow” depicted Zambia as poor, war-torn country where wild animals roam the street. She also portrayed herself as a white savior for an HIV-positive orphan — all of which was extremely offensive and blatantly racist.
Meanwhile, Miller, who is a mother-of-three and a registered Democrat, said she was surprised by Linton’s bizarre attack
“If she hadn’t made her account private, I would have written back with a very snide Marie Antoinette joke," she told The New York Times. “I think my post was just five or six words, and she had to go on basically a rant about it to make herself look more important and look smarter, better, richer — all those things.”
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