Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, is waging class war on her Instagram account. An independent political party just returned fire.
Linton, 36, and Mnuchin, 54 were married in June, in a ceremony officiated by Vice President Mike Pence. Since their wedding, Linton has made obvious efforts to get into the limelight. One example: A feature about her wedding jewelry with Town & Country Magazine, which, when put together, likely costs more than the entire net worth of the average American household. Linton also allowed Carine’s Bridal Atelier — a particularly bougie bridal store in a particularly bougie part of Washington, DC — to use a direct quote from her on their own Instagram, in which she boasted that she asked the store to *literally* fly in custom wedding gowns for her to try on:
LOUISE. We were honored to dress Actress and Producer @louiselinton as she wed US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, last night at The Mellon. Louise came to us with a vision for her wedding day and together with designer @inesdisanto , we were able to help make her dream a reality. “I was thrilled that there was a bridal salon right here in DC that could call on designers to fly in gowns for inspiration to create my custom looks,” said Louise. In the end, we customized two looks with @inesdisanto for Louise’s wedding day. “It was a pleasure to work with Carine and her team. Carine has an understanding of both classic fashion and a serious eye for what is new,” said @inesdisanto . We loved be a part of this hardworking team of local D.C. talent who helped make the couples weekend a success: our leader and event planner @laurynprattes; @lpe_ramsey @amaryllisinc @kevinmazur @calebjordanlee @nour.kazoun.artistry @mellonauditorium_eventemissary @atmolighting @reveventpro @occasionscaterers . #carinesbridal #carinesbridalatelier #washingtondc #louiselinton #stevenmnuchin #dcwedding #washingtondcwedding #celebritywedding #inesdisanto #custombridal
However, Linton is all over the news today due to not just one, but two obnoxious posts from her Instagram account, which is now set to private. In the original post, Linton uploaded a photo of herself walking off of Air Force One, on a “day trip to Kentucky,” and tagged all of the designer brands she was wearing.
While that’s already pretty out of touch considering the nagging problem of tremendous wealth inequality in the United States, Linton poured a gallon of Crisco on the class war fire by unleashing on some poor shlub who remarked that Linton’s “day trip” was paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Most notably, Linton remarked that she and her husband — who made his fortune producing blockbuster Hollywood movies like Avatar, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Wonder Woman after leaving a profitable career as a vampire squid at Goldman Sachs and a foreclosure behemoth as head of OneWest Bank — were noble patriots who make far greater sacrifices than the single mother from Oregon she was responding to:
The Working Families Party (WFP), which is based in New York but has affiliates all over the country, decided to play class warfare right back at Mnuchin and Linton by pointing out how Linton’s couture was likely acquired by Mnuchin’s predatory behavior while running OneWest Bank. One of the 36,000 foreclosures Mnuchin oversaw was the home of 90-year-old Ossie Lofton, who lost her home to Mnuchin’s bank in the wake of a 27 cent payment error:
— WorkingFamiliesParty (@WorkingFamilies) August 22, 2017
If Linton isn’t able to engage with the public without flaunting her gaudy jewelry and accessories, perhaps she would be better off sticking to acting in bland TV shows nobody’s ever heard of.
Michael Boone is a freelance journalist and columnist writing about politics, government, race, and media. He graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Communication, and lives in Houston’s Third Ward.