Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s wife Louise Linton lashed out at an Instagram commenter after receiving push back for a Monday night post, in which she flaunted her pricey wardrobe with a number of designer brand hashtags.
“Glad we could pay for your little get away #deplorable” the user commented.
— Margarita Noriega (@margarita) August 22, 2017
Linton responded aggressively to the disgruntled user, quickly escalating the conflict into a competition over economic productivity.
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 [sic], 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!
The picture shows Linton and Mnuchin, who married in June, stepping off a government plane after returning from a day trip to Kentucky where they visited Fort Knox.
Journalists and media personalities quickly joined the crowd of Instagram of commenters criticizing Linton’s overt display of wealth.
When the Jacobins set up their guillotines in Lafayette Square, I’m going to blame Louise Linton https://t.co/WRYo052Gof
— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 22, 2017
Louise Linton, the labels-loving wife of Steven Mnuchin, replied condescendingly and belittled her for having less money than she does. @nyt
— eben shapiro (@ebenshapiro) August 22, 2017
Louise Linton: Your daily reminder that money and class are not synonymous. Carry on.
— Rosiland Jordan (@RosJordanAJE) August 22, 2017
Linton later deleted the post and made her Instagram private after word of the incident began to spread. Despite Linton’s attempt to reduce her exposure, information about the outburst quickly made its way to Wikipedia, where one user posted her comment and wrote “never forget she posted this on Instagram.”
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