Louise Linton tries to apologize for being a terrible person
Though she’s often credited as an “actress,” Louise Linton’s most famous role to date is as the awful person/wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin who poor-shamed a mother of three on Instagram for not being as rich or fabulous as she and her husband are. Now, in a major attempt at cleaning up a PR disaster, Linton sat down for what Washington Life Magazine called an “emotional interview” in which she copped to being an asshole — but in that clearly-coached kind of way.
The interview was conducted five days after her infamous Instagram post; when asked how she had been spending the days since, Linton claimed it was a time of self-evaluation, saying that, “Something like this requires extreme thought and introspection and I had to absorb the criticism and figure out how I can influence the world in a positive way instead of how I did it by making that post.”
When asked what it felt like to be on the receiving end of such a negative backlash, Linton said that “it was scary and surreal 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.”
Ummm… who was calling her a victim?
Then, as if reciting from a script — she is, allegedly, an “actress” after all — when asked to address her critics directly, here’s what Government Barbie had to say:
I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics. My post itself and the following response was indefensible. Period. I don’t have any excuses, nor do I feel any self-pity for the backlash I experienced. 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. I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone. It was an out of character, knee-jerk reaction, and I felt so awful about it that I removed it.
Yeah, we’re sure that remorse — and not the fact that her husband works for the president — is the reason she removed it.
To really underscore her point, Linton wore a sweatshirt, leggings and no makeup to the interview and claimed that “This is me,” pointing to her outfit, which seems like the kind of thing a mother of three from Oregon might wear.
When asked whether she understood why the post became such a big deal, Linton offered the following:
Yes. It was newsworthy because I was on a government trip and my husband is a government employee. As his wife, I am now a more public person and I am, and should be, held to a higher standard of ethics and care. Instead of emphasizing the things I truly care about, like family, animal rescue and my work, as I had in the past, I was trying to portray a certain public image. It was a moment of weakness and misdirection and doesn’t reflect who I really am… I one hundred percent embrace the comments of my critics and I concede wholeheartedly that the post was boastful and materialistic and my response was extremely thoughtless. I should have known better than to be so insensitive.
Yes. It’s a lesson most of us learn in kindergarten.
Also worth noting: Why the hell Linton was on that “government trip” with her husband — and why they needed a government plane — is at the center of an investigation at the moment, with some sources claiming it was to get a great view of the solar eclipse.
My verdict? Nice try, Louise. You would have been better off blaming the incident on bad batch of hair dye. Also: You’re still terrible.