Louise Linton, the wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary who found herself at the center of a controversy stemming from a particularly tone-deaf Instagram tirade, has gone on the record to apologize for her Marie Antoinette moment.
Last month, the former Hollywood actress and producer took to Instagram to share a picture of her descending gracefully from a plane, clad top to bottom in high-end designer clothing. When an Oregon mother voiced her disapproval in the comment section, Linton went off on her in a diatribe that many have equated to poor-shaming.
“It was scary and surreal,” Linton told Washington Life Magazine of the backlash to her sarcastic rant, “but it forced me to take a deep look at what I had done. I don’t feel like a victim. I feel like the world gave me a good hard wake-up call and I’m OK with that.”
Linton – who called commenter Jennifer Miller “adorably out of touch” and suggested that she and her husband had paid far more in taxes than she ever will after Miller questioned the “day trip” – admitted that she was completely in the wrong.
“I want to say that I concede completely to the comments of my critics. My post itself and the following response were indefensible. Period,” she conceded. “I don’t have any excuses, nor do I feel any self-pity.”
“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,” Linton’s mea culpa concluded. “I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone.”
Linton was already slated to give the cover story interview to Washington Life before her August 21 trip was arranged, which saw the 36-year-old join her husband on a trip to meet with Senate Majority Mitch McConnell. She eventually deleted the outburst and offered up a perfunctory apology through a publicist.
As for what Linton would say to Miller directly if she were given the opportunity, Linton waxed hopeful.
“I would ask her about the causes that are important to her and perhaps find something that we could work on together in the spirit of unity and love,” she responded.