Treasury Secretary’s wife defends her Marie Antoinette lifestyle


Louise Linton really seems to like pissing off people on the Internet. The Scottish wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has gotten tangled in yet another messy fight after writing a weirdly angry comment on one of her Instagram pictures.

It all started when she posted a (now deleted) photo on Instagram of herself de-boarding a government plane, which she and Mnuchin took on a government trip to Kentucky. According to screenshots of the post, she captioned it, “Great #daytrip to #Kentucky! #nicest #people #countryside,” and then went on to tag all the labels she was wearing “#rolandmouret pants, #tomford sunnies, #hermesscarf #valentinorockstudheels #valentino #usa.”

Commenters on the post were not, shall we say, amused or interested in this list of designers. And one woman wrote: “Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable.”

Linton was not having any of that, and went on to post a very long and angry reply to the woman:

“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 sacrifices toward our day “trip” than you did.”

You can read the full response in the screenshot, but it also references the woman’s children (she says they “look cute”), accuses her of being “passive aggressive,” and urges her to go watch “Game of Thrones.”

A representative for the Treasury Department told the Times that the couple had covered the cost of the trip, and that she had not been paid by the brands to post about them.

This is not the first time Linton has gotten in trouble for her controversial views. In July, she was accused of being clueless and out-of-touch when an excerpt of her self-published memoir about her time in Africa was published in the Telegraph.

Lines from that lovely story include this description of a time when rebels were attacking the village next to her: “As the night ticked interminably by, I tried not to think what the rebels would do to the ‘skinny white muzungu with long angel hair’ if they found me.”

At least she apologized that time.