WASHINGTON (AP) — Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, blasted as “adorably out of touch” a person who criticized her Instagram post in which Linton depicted her designer-label outfit.
Linton posted the now-deleted picture of herself Monday getting off a government plane in Kentucky with Mnuchin. In her post, she mentioned several designer labels for her all-white outfit, including Tom Ford and Valentino.
The commenter responded: “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”
KOIN 6 News learned the commenter was Jennifer Miller, a mother of three from Lake Oswego.
Miller said she somewhat regrets what she said, but ultimately said Linton went too far.
“I saw her picture in kind of a weak moment when I was already annoyed by some other things that I had read our taxpayer money had been going for,” Miller said.
Linton, an actress, responded on Instagram by calling Miller “adorably out of touch.” She suggested she and Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund investor, contributed more to the U.S. economy and paid more in taxes than her critic.
“Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours,” Linton added.
She went on to call the Miller’s response “passive aggressive” and “nasty” before ending her retort with a suggestion that the critic, “go chill out and watch the new game of thrones.”
Miller, who started using Instagram in November, was surprised by Linton’s response.
“I was shocked that someone who is in the public eye would actually take the time to write something that was that condescending and that nonsensical in some ways,” Miller said.
Linton’s Instagram account is private, but a screengrab of her response has circulated online.
While Miller said wasn’t necessarily sorry her comment, she did regret it in the sense that it “really upset” Linton, which was not her intent.
Linton didn’t respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press Tuesday. A Treasury Department spokesperson said Mnuchin and Linton are reimbursing the government for Linton’s travel and that Linton received no compensation from the fashion labels mentioned in her post.
Linton later apologized saying, “I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive.”
Mnuchin was visiting Kentucky Monday for an appearance with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a tour of Fort Knox.
The Scottish-born Linton apologized last year amid criticism of a self-published memoir of a year she spent in Africa as a teen, and withdrew the book. Critics deemed it inaccurate in its depiction of life on the continent. An excerpt was published online by The Telegraph, but taken down by the British newspaper “in light of the concerns raised by readers.”
Linton has also had small roles in films and television shows and more recently worked as a producer. Mnuchin produced several films before being tapped for the Treasury post by President Donald Trump. The pair married in June in a ceremony attended by the president.
KOIN 6 News Staff Reporter Cole Miller contributed to this report.