Louise Linton, fresh new wife of Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin, has issued a mealy-mouthed apology for her Instagram post earlier this week and the subsequent spicy reply she had for a commenter who called her out for flaunting her wealth.
“I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive,” Linton said to CNN, via a statement from her publicist—a tame and relatively toothless apology for the picture she posted on Instagram Monday night of herself descending the steps of a government airplane in Kentucky, dressed in the tagged brands of Tom Ford, Valentino and Hermés.
Naturally, something about her tone and the excessive hashtags in her caption rubbed some the wrong way, including Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Oregon, who replied to the post saying “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.” For reasons unbeknownst, Linton latched on to Miller’s response and shot back with a long and very rude comment in which Linton—a very wealthy woman—somehow painted herself as the victim.
In an appearance on CNN following her comment and Linton’s response, Miller said, “She went to a state where one in five people lives in poverty and many children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Instead of helping in some way, she chose to brag about her outlandishly expensive clothes. It’s more than tone-deaf, it’s deplorable.”
When finally reached for comment, as spokesperson for the Treasury said, “The Mnuchins are reimbursing the government for her travel, and she does not receive compensation for products she mentions.”