Not one to shy away from controversy, Louise Linton, wife of Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s millionaire Secretary of the Treasury, is making headlines for an Instagram post in which she detailed her high-end outfit and later belittled a commenter.
On Monday, Linton posted a photo of her exiting an Air Force jet (due to his position in the government, Mnuchin travels by military plane for official work trips) ahead of her husband. In the caption of the now-deleted post, she tagged several luxury brands. It read: “Great #daytrip to #Kentucky! #nicest #people #beautiful #countryside #rolandmouret pants #tomford sunnies, #hermesscarf #valentinorockstudheels #valentino #usa”
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Commenter jennimiller89 was quick with a response to the image, writing “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable”
That’s when Linton got heated. According to a screenshot taken by journalist Yashar Ali, she responded:
@Jennimiller29 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 would get more traction. Have a pleasant evening. Go chill out and watch the new game of thrones. It’s fab!
The post has since gone viral. Neither Linton nor Mnuchin has made a public statement about the controversy. When the New York Times reached out to the Treasury Department about the matter, they declined to comment. The Department did say that “the Mnuchins reimbursed the government for the trip, and that Ms. Linton was not compensated by any of the labels she promoted with hashtags.”
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