Louise Linton, actress and wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, has apologized for her now-deleted Instagram post and comments made in reply to a user criticizing her for showing off her designer clothing.
“I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive,” Linton said in a statement provided to TheWrap.
Linton was slammed on social media after sharing an Instagram post on Monday in which she tagged all of the designer labels on her clothing. When a user objected to the practice in the comments, Linton responded with a lengthy reply about the taxes she and her husband pay and the “sacrifices” they make for the government.
“Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable,” jennimiller29 wrote on Linton’s Instagram page, noting Linton’s post naming designers like Valentino and Tom Ford she was wearing in the photo, taken when she and Mnuchin stepped off a U.S. government plane in Kentucky.
“Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!” Linton wrote in response. “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.”
The Mnuchins had traveled that day to Louisville, where the treasury secretary was talking up Congress’ proposed tax code overhaul.
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.