On Monday, Scottish actress Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, flaunted her designer goods on social media and then bragged about her wealth after she was criticized for being out of touch and elitist.
Using her Instagram account, Linton posted a photo of herself stepping off an Air Force plane after an official visit to Kentucky with her husband. In the post she hashtagged the designer brands she wore to the fifth poorest state in the nation.
“Great #daytrip to #Kentucky! #nicest #people #beautiful #countryside #rolandmouret pants #tomford sunnies, #hermesscarf #valentinorockstudheels #valentino #usa,” she wrote.
Eventually, Linton removed the photo and made her profile private, but not before the damage was done. The photo was seen by viewers and went viral on Twitter.
Jenni Miller, a 45-year-old Oregon mother of three, disapproved of the flashy post and responded, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”
Miller’s response led to a taunt by the actress that stunned viewers.
“Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!” she wrote. “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?”
Linton continued: “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,” Linton said.
She later added, “your life looks cute” before concluding, “Go chill out and watch the new game of thrones. It’s fab!”
Miller told The New York Times she didn’t think her response would catch Linton’s attention.
“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,” Miller said.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended Mnuchin’s and Linton’s extravagant June wedding in Washington D.C., which Vice President Mike Pence officiated.
Linton has appeared in television series “CSI: NY” and “Cold Case,” as well as the film “Cabin Fever.” She was criticized for her memoir about volunteering in Africa, which critics found to be patronizing and inaccurate. Her husband is a wealthy former Goldman Sachs executive who worked with Trump before becoming Treasury Secretary.
The Treasury Department told The New York Times that Mnuchin and Linton have reimbursed the government for the trip and that Linton was not promoting the designer labels she referenced.