The last time Louise Linton made news in Kentucky, some people felt like they’d been kicked with her #valentino heels. Now, she wishes she had a t-shirt saying, “I’m so sorry” for it.
And, she’d further like to explain that she’s “a regular girl” who felt like she was being bullied on the playground.
Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, has apologized again for a social media exchange that took place after her Aug. 21 trip to Kentucky.
In an interview with Elle magazine, Linton, a Scottish actress, said she is “so sorry” for the comments she made to a woman on Instagram.
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She told Elle’s Carrie Battan that her response was a “knee-jerk reaction” to having her feelings hurt.
“I think after being kicked and slapped on social media a billion times, I had this one time. This lady said I was a deplorable human being, and that hurt,” Linton said in the interview. “...I was feeling like a regular person. And regular people, when someone says something mean to you on social media, regular people are allowed to respond.”
In August, Linton posted a photo of herself getting off a federal plane after a trip to Kentucky that included a tour of Fort Knox. The post was littered with hash tags naming the designers of the clothes and accessories she was wearing.
Commenters had a heyday with the unusual post, and one woman wrote “Glad we could pay for your little getaway.”
At that, Linton fired back: “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.”
Linton added, “You’re adorably out of touch...Thanks for the passive aggressive nasty comment. Your kids look very cute. Your life looks cute.”
The post was later removed, and a day later, Linton apologized, saying her comments to the woman were “inappropriate and highly insensitive.”
“I wasn’t thinking about who I am,” Linton told Elle. “I wasn’t thinking, I am the wife of this person and thus I should act like the wife of this person.”
Linton, according to the article, grew up in a Scottish castle. She married Mnuchin, who is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions, in June.
Battan wrote that Linton “identifies much more strongly with a battered dalmatian puppy than Cruella de Vil.”
“I felt like the kid on the playground that has been so bullied, and finally you punch back,” Linton told her.
Battan wrote: “All of Linton’s self-pity does not come without a sizable dose of self-hatred and self-doubt, I would learn over the tearful two hours that followed. ‘I was so stupid,’ Linton says so forcefully in her Scottish accent that I half expect she will lean over and begin banging her head on the table next to the last remaining chicken finger. She gathers herself and sums up that day, the day when an absent-minded Instagram post set off a seismic shift in her life: ‘I wish I could take it back.’”
In November, Linton again became the subject of internet memes and public ridicule after she appeared in a photo with her husband at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. She was dressed in black and wore a pair of elbow-length black leather gloves while holding a sheet of newly printed dollar bills.
Linton told Elle that she chose not to take her gloves off because it was cool in the building and she wasn’t expecting to be photographed.
“I really hope someday I can wear that outfit again,” she said in the interview. “Because I really liked it.”
On the advice of the wife of another Trump cabinet member, Linton said she has worked with “a Washington protocol expert” to help her with her public presentation.
“I’m just a regular girl, and I’m not perfect, but I’m trying my best,” she is quoted as saying. “Maybe I should wear that on a T-shirt and Instagram that. And then on the back it should say…‘I’m so sorry.’”