Louise Linton addresses 'condescending' online comment that sparked backlash
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Louise Linton is speaking out for the first time since facing backlash following an Instagram post in which she bragged about how much she pays in taxes, calling her words “truly out of touch” and “condescending.”

“I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics,” Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, tells Washington Life’s Virginia Coyne in an interview for the magazine’s September issue, released Tuesday.

“My post itself and the following response were indefensible. Period. I don’t have any excuses, nor do I feel any self-pity for the backlash I experienced,” Linton said.


“I sincerely take ownership of my mistake. It’s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending.”

The Scottish actress was widely criticized last month after sharing a photo on Instagram showing her leaving a government plane while on a trip to Kentucky with Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Along with the snapshot, Linton included hashtags for the numerous designer fashion brands she was seen sporting in the photo, including Hermes, Valentino and Tom Ford.

An Instagram user replied to Linton’s post, dubbing her “deplorable” and writing, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway.”

Linton hit back with a lengthy post.

“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 responded to the commenter. The 36-year-old performer then called the Instagram user “adorably out of touch,” saying her “life looks cute.” 

The user, a mother of three who lives in Oregon, later spoke out in a series of interviews about the incident, while Linton apologized at the time through her publicist.

In her mea culpa with Washington Life, Linton did an about-face, saying, “I had no place to talk about sacrifice when there are millions of men and women making real sacrifices for this country every day. My husband is very fortunate to be part of the government. It is a great honor and privilege and in no way is his work, or my part in this, any kind of sacrifice.”

Linton said she was attempting to “portray a certain public image” with her social media post, but concedes it was “boastful and materialistic and my response was extremely thoughtless.”

“I should have known better than to be so insensitive,” she added.

“I was trying to create this public image that was elegant and stylish, but that was just so clueless because I should have focused on who I really am instead,” Linton said.

Noting that she’s applied for a number of volunteer positions at organizations around the Washington area, Linton said she “deserved” the fierce criticism lobbed her way. To her critics: “Thanks for waking me up quickly and turning me back in the right direction.”