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.
â€śIt was scary and surreal,â€ť Linton told Washington Life Magazine of the backlash to her sarcastic rant, â€śbut it forced me to take a deep look at what I had done. I donâ€™t feel like a victim. I feel like the world gave me a good hard wake-up call and Iâ€™m OK with that.â€ť
Linton â€“ who called commenter Jennifer Miller â€śadorably out of touchâ€ť and suggested that she and her husband had paid far more in taxes than she ever will after Miller questioned the â€śday tripâ€ť â€“ admitted that she was completely in the wrong.
â€śI want to say that I concede completely to the comments of my critics. My post itself and the following response were indefensible. Period,â€ť she conceded. â€śI donâ€™t have any excuses, nor do I feel any self-pity.â€ť
â€śI sincerely take ownership of my mistake. Itâ€™s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending,â€ť Lintonâ€™s mea culpa concluded. â€śI wish I hadnâ€™t spoken in such a patronizing tone.â€ť
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.
â€śI 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,â€ť she responded.