Louise Linton, Scottish actor and wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, has received plenty of backlash for a photo she posted on Instagram on Monday — but a response by the progressive Working Families Party might have taken the cake.
Linton had posted — and then deleted — a photo of herself departing a government plane on Instagram, and tagged several luxury designers whose clothing and accessories she was sporting while accompanying her husband, a former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund manager, to Fort Knox where he talked tax policy with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. Linton’s caption said enjoyed her “daytrip.”
Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin's wife Louise Linton has deleted this Instagram, which contained tagged designers and some interesting comments pic.twitter.com/MvPhPJtRze
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) August 22, 2017
When an Instagram user from Oregon commented, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable,” Linton, who is not part of the government, had an explosive “let them eat cake” moment.
“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?” Linton wrote. “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.”
Enter the Working Families Party, which “tagged” the real sources of Linton and Mnuchin’s luxury get up.
Honing in on Mnuchin’s role in the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent profits from home foreclosures while at the helm of predatory lender Indy Mac, the progressive group tagged how the pair was really able to afford the luxury garments: an “Iraq Vet Eviction,” a “retired firefighter home,” and a “single mom’s home,” among other similar sources.
— WorkingFamiliesParty (@WorkingFamilies) August 22, 2017
Contacted by CNN, the Instagram user Linton attacked had this to say about the callous remarks from the Treasury secretary’s wife:
“She went to a state where one in five people lives in poverty and many children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Instead of helping in some way, she chose to brag about her outlandishly expensive clothes.”
Louise Linton, Sec Mnuchin's wife, posts photo that tags Hermes/Tom Ford/Valentino as she leaves Air Force Jet then replies to a critic pic.twitter.com/Uhjc7qBiEA
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 22, 2017
The photo depicted a government official and his wife on government business, but as the Working Families Party pointed out, it could have been titled: “Foreclosure King and Queen Take a ‘Daytrip,'” wardrobe by ordinary Americans.