Wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Brags About Designer Fashions on Social Media, Slams Critic of Flashy Display
"Have you given more to the economy than me or my husband?" wrote Louise Linton in response to an Instagram follower. "Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours."
Louise Linton, wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, got into a digital tiff with a follower on social media after the 36-year-old posted a glamorous photograph of herself traveling on a government plane with her husband to Kentucky in which she also tagged several high-end fashion brands.
Linton, a Scottish actress who married the 54-year-old Mnuchin earlier this summer, captioned the photo, "Great #daytrip to #Kentucky," and added hashtags for each designer piece of her head-to-toe cream outfit, including her Roland Mouret pants, Tom Ford sunglasses, Hermes scarf and Valentino rock stud heels.
When a follower left a critical comment of the flashy post, writing "Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable," Linton snarkily responded by calling the commenter "adorably out of touch" before proceeding to go on a lengthy and defensive tirade about the amount of money she and her husband pay in tax dollars.
"Did you think this was a personal trip?!," she shot back, tagging user @jennimiller29, who goes by Jenni M on social media. "Adorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me or my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country?"
She continued, "Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours... Your kids look 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." She concluded the comment by suggesting Jenni leave "nice" comments and that she "chill out" with the latest "fab" Game of Thrones episode.
Shortly after the comment was posted and Linton began receiving blowback, her account was turned to private. According to those who follow her, the post itself has since been deleted.
Jenni Miller, an Oregon resident and mother of three, replied to the controversy with her own firey Instagram post, screenshotting a headline about the bizarre social media interaction and adding the caption, "Apparently I offended this deplorable girl I had never heard of until today. According to my 20 second Google search, she's an aspiring Penthouse model who married an old rich guy in a wedding officiated by a homophobe and attended by other couples of similar age and beauty gaps," she wrote. "She says she's a nice person. I doubt it. There weren't any Nazi sympathizers at my wedding. #byelouise"
A spokesperson for the Treasury Department told the New York Times that the Mnuchins reimbursed the government for the travel arrangements and that Linton was not paid to promote the brands she had tagged.
The glamorous photograph depicting Linton departing the plane is reminiscent of the style of several of First Daughter Ivanka Trump's own posts showing her stepping off of Air Force One. Unlike Linton, however, Ivanka does not tag her designer labels.
Mnuchin, a former banker and film producer, was in Kentucky to lobby Congress to overhaul the tax code, according to the Washington Post. Linton briefly took over as the CEO of Dune Entertainment, the production company co-founded by Mnuchin in 2004, earlier this year when he began his duties in D.C. However, she also stepped down from the role after the couple wed a few weeks later. Linton is Mnuchin's third wife.
Linton has been known to introduce herself as an actress-producer-lawyer, and is also the author of a controversial book called In Congo's Shadow: One Girl's Perilous Journey to the Heart of Africa that has led some critics to call her a "delusional white memoirist." In 2016, she starred in horror flicks Cabin Fever and Intruder.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Linton attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, where she received a degree in journalism. She received a law degree from the University of West Los Angeles, although she is not a member of the State Bar of California.