Louise Linton Sets Of Social Media Firestorm With Instagram Post
Has there been a day without controversy since the current administration took office? I can’t remember. Everyday feels like a year, tbh. It’s been a big (read: awful) couple of weeks, but Louise Linton managed to stand out with a tone-deaf Instagram post. In a now deleted post, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, managed to offend just about everybody!
The picture showed Louise Linton and her husband disembarking from a military jet after a quick little jaunt to Kentucky with Mitch McConnell. The picture itself isn’t necessarily the problem. It was her caption, tags, and subsequent reply to a commenter that had people like, nah.
She tagged the luxury brands that she was wearing.
Honestly, the post itself was tone-deaf. But it was the comment she left in reply to someone that set off the firestorm. Maybe Louise isn’t familiar with the rule: Never read the comments! And for cripes sake, don’t reply to them…like this.
Jenni Miller, a 45-year old mother of three from Oregon, left a comment on the picture. “Glad we could pay for your little getaway.” She then added a #deplorable hashtag. And that is when Louise went OFF.
“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.”
The passive aggression in her comment was palpable. “Did you think this was a personal trip? Adorable!” She goes on to compliment the woman’s kids. She also suggests Miller watch “Game of Thrones”, which, ok. We’re with you there, Louise.
Jenni has since spoken out about the exchange. She told NBC, “It was really something that I would never expect someone who had ever been in the public eye to write, let alone publish in public.” Linton has since apologized (through a publicist), but the damage has been done. On Twitter, @WorkingFamiliesParty added their own tags to the now-infamous picture.
“Louise Linton, wife of foreclosure banker @stevemnuchin1 tagged brands on her Instagram. We tagged how she bought them.”
The debate surrounding the Instagram exchange highlights income disparity in this country. And truly, it was in superbly poor taste for Linton to respond the way she did. Her account has since been made private, so it looks like damage control is in full-effect. Social media can be awesome, especially in a time when the administration uses it to announce policy, but it can also land your ass in a ton of hot water. Welcome to the internet, Louise!
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