Louise Linton is backpedalling on an Instagram post she made last month, calling her behavior “condescending” and “indefensible.”
Linton, the wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, told Washington Life’s Virginia Coyne she regrets the post in an interview for the magazine’s September cover story, for which she graces the cover in a ball gown. “I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown!” she said in the feature.
“I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics,” Linton said in the article. “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.”
“I sincerely take ownership in my mistake. It’s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending,” Linton continued in the interview. “I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone. It was an out of character, knee-jerk reaction, and I felt so awful about it that I removed it.”
In August, Linton posted a photo on her Instagram account of she and her husband, Mnuchin, getting off a government plane in Kentucky. She tagged all of her designer clothing in the post, causing another user, Jenni Miller, to comment, calling her a #deplorable and suggesting that taxpayers’ money went into the Kentucky “side trip.”
Linton fired back at Miller, calling the mother of three “adorably out of touch.”
“Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!” Linton commented. “Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me andmy [sic] husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice [sic] to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our “trip” than you did.”
Linton continued in the Washington Life interview: “I had no place to talk about sacrifice when there are millions of men and women making real sacrifices for this country every day. My husband is very fortunate to be part of the government. It is a great honor and privilege and in no way is his work, or my part in this, any kind of sacrifice.”
In a previous statement to TheWrap, Linton apologized for her online behavior. “I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive,” she said.
Linton, a Scottish-born actress whose credits include “Lions for Lambs,” “Intruder” and “Rules Don’t Apply,” was married to Donald Trump-appointee and Hollywood producer Mnuchin in June.