Treasury secretary’s wife mocks mother of 3 for being ‘adorably out of touch’

Protip: It’s usually not a good idea to brag on social media about how wealthy you are and then mock someone for not being as rich as you.

Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, found that out the hard way after being criticized for an Instagram post in which she hashtagged basically every high-end designer for her outfit.

On Monday, Linton posted a photo of the couple getting off a government plane in Kentucky. According to the New York Times, she had joined her husband on a trip to Kentucky with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Great #daytrip to #Kentucky! #nicest #people #beautiful #countryside #rolandmouret pants #tomford sunnies, #hermesscarf #valentinorockstudheels #valentino #usa,” she wrote under the photo.

Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Oregon, responded: “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”

Clearly, it struck a nerve because rather than ignoring the comment, Linton posted a lengthy response, in which she seemingly mocked Miller (“Your life looks cute”) and called her “adorably out of touch.”

According to the Times, Linton changed her Instagram account to private soon after the photo was posted.

In an interview with the Times, Miller, a registered Democrat, said she couldn’t understand why Linton highlighted all her designer labels on a trip to Kentucky, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the country.

“If she hadn’t made her account private, I would have written back with a very snide Marie Antoinette joke,” Miller said.

A Treasury Department official told the Times that the Mnuchins reimbursed the government for the trip, and that Linton was not paid by any of the designer labels she namechecked.

Update, Aug. 23: Linton has since apologized.

  • kennedy

    I guess all that hard work “draining the swamp” can make a person feel entitled.

    • John O.

      It’s even more strenuous to drain the swamp water and then replace it with Perrier.

  • RBHolb

    “I know you’re mad but deep down you’re really nice and so am I.” Well, no Ms. Linton, you are not.

  • Gary F

    That’s the best we can get for “outrage of the day”?

    • Chris

      Mine is the birther in chief calling for unity and peace at home in his teleprompter reading session last night. Hypocrisy is always outrageous.

    • Meh, I think most of us have become numb. Not everyday is going to be as clear cut as Nazis.
      My pick would be the decision to send more troops to Afghanistan for reasons, made by a guy who thought his ability to dodge the taxes that pay for everything from the equipment and training of those soldiers to their survivor benefits and medical treatment was “smart.”

    • Gary F
      • RBHolb

        If you keep reaching that hard, you’re going to strain something.

      • Chris

        Margaret Sanger died in 1966. Do you think you may be entering DiNesh D’Souza territory here?

      • GOP 1: Hey man, we have a bunch of Nazis and white supremacists in our base. Maybe we should do something about that.

        GOP 2: Nah man, let’s just make a really thin argument tying Liberals to Nazis.

        GOP 1: Yep, that’s easier. We need those Nazi votes too much anyway. Make sure we remind people that there were Democrats who were racist so they understand it’s ok for us to be racist now.

        GOP 2: Good point. It’s important that the base remembers that it’s worse to be a Liberal than a Nazi.

    • I’m still going to go with actual fascists and white supremacists.

      /It’s my “go to” for outrage.

  • “Linton was not paid by any of the designer labels she hashtagged.”

    But, does she receive freebies for “promotional purposes”?

  • Karl Crabkiller

    Nice that Ms. Linton added the #USA tag after listing all the foreign made stuff she is promoting. #makeitalyfashiongreatagain…

  • Mike

    Why is the word “oligarch” never used to refer to the ruling class in the U.S.?

    • jon

      increasingly I’m seeing the words used to describe other places used to describe the US…
      Bob said “sectarian violence” in reference to the mosque bombing in bloomington, I’ve hear the term “opposition party” a few times…

      I wouldn’t be surprised if we started here more about the US oligarchy in the not too distant future…

    • It was used in 2008, to welcome visitors to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul:

      http://www.utne.com/-/media/Images/UTR/Editorial/Blogs/Politics/RNC-Here-Come-the-Rich-White-Oligarchs/White-Oligarchs.jpg

      • Mike

        Ha! I missed that in 2008. Joking aside, though, that word is virtually never used by the mainstream media to refer to the American rich. It’s used frequently, of course, to refer to Russians.

  • The Warden

    I really can’t find anything wrong with her response. Honest and more truthful than most. I wouldn’t even consider the “cute” comment mocking. My wife and kids are cute.

    In case you were wondering rich folks have rich things.

    If these trips turn out to be on our dime by all means light the torches and sharpen the pitchforks. Otherwise, move on to something more outrageous. Like how the heck did that dweeb land her? Oh that’s right.

    • nearasfar

      If you don’t “…consider the ‘cute’ comment mocking,” you’re tone deaf.

      • The Warden

        Probably a good thing I can’t hear dog whistles too. I’d be all worked up over nothing most days.

        • Dan

          It’s cute that you’d write that.

    • “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 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. You’re adorably out of touch. Thanks for the passive aggressive comment.” -Louise Linton

      I’d point out that she is getting out of a government plane in the picture. I have no idea what her “sacrifice” is supposed to be, as she was born and raised in Scotland (in an actual castle no less) and never served the US in any capacity. Neither has her husband, who I might add, made most of his money as capital gains and therefore probably paid less in taxes than the average US household and certainly not much more. Her response isn’t particularly surprising, I’ll give you that. So outrageous, no, but certainly obnoxious.

    • Angry Jonny

      Tact, or the lack thereof.

    • X.A. Smith

      If there’s nothing wrong with it, then for the life of me I can’t figure out why she changed the post to private.

      I guess we’ll just have to scratch our heads forever.

    • seedhub

      This makes me wonder if you actually read the whole comment, not just the part that was quoted here.

  • nearasfar

    She was apparently projecting when she said, “adorably out of touch.”

  • Jeff C.

    Ew. I didn’t think that people like her were real.

  • Jeff C.
  • AmiSchwab

    eat the rich