Louise Linton is very, very sorry about her social media antics.
In an interview with Elle Magazine Tuesday, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin expressed tearful remorse over engaging in a back-and-forth with an Instagram user who had criticized a post she made that touted her affluence and designer clothing.
“I was so stupid,” the 37-year-old Scottish actress told the magazine about the since-deleted Aug. 21 post, which tagged a string of luxury fashion designers and showed her and her husband exiting a federal airplane after a trip to Kentucky.
An offended Instagram user commented on the post, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”
To the bewilderment of White House officials, Linton penned a belittling response boasting about her family’s wealth and personal “sacrifice.”
“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.”
The ‘post set off a political firestorm that culminated in Linton issuing an apology through her publicist and deleting the Instagram post.
On Tuesday, Linton said she wishes she could take it all back.
“I wasn’t thinking about who I am,” she said. “I wasn’t thinking, I am the wife of this person and thus I should act like the wife of this person.”