The wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Louise Linton has spoken out for the first time since she was slammed for her behavior on Instagram last month. Linton told Washington Life magazine, a magazine that chronicles the social lives of the D.C. wealthy. The story has Linton posing in expensive ball gowns in various locations at her and Mnuchin’s Washington mansion.
“I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown. But it would be dishonest to proclaim that I’m never going to go to another social function.
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.”
If you remember from my post, Linton returned from a day trip to Kentucky, accompanying her husband, when she stepped off a government plane wearing head-to-toe in designers, tagging them all on Instagram.
Later, Linton made her Instagram account private, but not before she responded to a commenter who had criticized Linton’s trip and its cost.
Linton’s reply to Jennifer Miller, an Oregon mother of three, was rude, questioning her financial status and calling her,
“adorably out of touch.”
Reaction to Linton’s outburst was swift and brutal and she was called out for being a label whore and wealth-shaming, among other things. Linton told Washington Life just days after the incident,
“It’s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending. I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone. I should have stuck to posting pictures of rescue dogs and daily life.”
Too late now. Damage done. You can read the full interview and see Linton posing in said ball gowns here.