President Trump and the members of his administration have proven repeatedly that they have a difficult time accepting criticism, especially on social media. Apparently, the spouses of his staffers have the same problem.
On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s wife, Louise Linton, posted a photo on Instagram and bragged in the caption about flying to Kentucky on a government plane. She also tagged all of the fashion brands she wore on the trip, including Hermes, Roland Mouret, Tom Ford, and Valentino.
Linton made her Instagram account private shortly after posting the photo, most likely as a result of a critical comment she received on it. A commenter suggested that taxpayers were funding Linton and Mnuchin’s trip, and Linton did not take kindly to that remark.
She wrote back:
‘Did you think this was a personal trip? Adorable!’
She continued her response by boasting about her and her husband’s wealth and arguing that they have paid more in taxes towards their trip than the commenter has.
‘Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. 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 fact that Linton thinks she’s entitled to spend government funds however she wants because she pays more in taxes than some is troubling, as is the fact that her response didn’t end there. She went on, ironically, to also lecture the commenter on the importance of being nice on social media.
‘You’re adorably out of touch. Thanks for the passive aggressive nasty comment. Your kids look very cute. Your life looks cute. I know you’re mad but deep down you’re really nice and so am I. Sending me passive aggressive Instagram comments isn’t going to make life feel better. Maybe a nice message, one filled with wisdom and humanity would get more traction. have a pleasant evening. Go chill out and watch the new game of thrones. It’s fab!’
Linton seemingly set her Instagram to private after this because she wanted to avoid more drama after taking out her anger on an Instagram commenter. However, she didn’t change it before people were able to take screenshots of her petty remarks.
Social media consultant Margarita Noriega shared a screenshot of Linton’s comment on Twitter late Monday night, and commenters immediately started shaking their heads at her hypocritical response.
— Margarita Noriega (@margarita) August 22, 2017
Featured image via MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images.