A number of observers are saying the “let her eat crow” moment for Louise Linton, in which the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attempted to apologize for being insensitive to the plight of the less fortunate, may have just made matters worse.
Linton discussed her latest controversy as part of a cover feature for Washington Life magazine, admitting she “deserved the criticism” she received for an Instagram post that triggered a backlash, with many readers viewing her remarks as condescending.
One problem is that the apology is accompanied by a feature in a D.C. society magazine in which Linton “poses in a pair of $10K gowns,” the U.K. publication The Daily Mail reports.
“The sit-down came just a few days after Linton was widely criticized for lashing out at a woman on Instagram by bragging about her wealth and pricey wardrobe,” The Daily Mail notes. “Linton, 36, said that she deserved all the criticism she received for the incident, which resulted in many likening her to Marie Antoinette.”
Linton is quoted in the piece saying: “‘Whether I’m in a ball gown or a pair of jeans, it’s not about me, or what I’m wearing, it’s about what I can be doing to support and empower others.”
But The Daily Mail notes that Linton “wears two $10,000 bridal gowns and a $1,500 Jason Wu dress in her six-page spread.”
The report also notes that the trip by Linton and Mnuchin in connection with the solar eclipse, which led to Linton’s social media tirade, “is now being investigated by the Inspector General to make sure ‘policies were observed.'”
Linton is quoted in Washington Life saying: “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.”
She also acknowledges the apparent disconnect about the designer gowns. “I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown,” Linton says in Washington Life. “But it would be dishonest to proclaim that I’m never going to go to another social function. That’s also part of my life. Charity fundraising galas have always been a wonderful way to support a myriad of causes.”
The Washington Post appears to be among the publications having a hard time buying Linton’s apology, noting: “The interview is both a public apology and an attempt to pivot on a designer stiletto, a feat made slightly more difficult by her previous flaunting of her wealth, which is mostly courtesy of her husband, a former Goldman Sachs exec (she shared a tour of her many-carated jewelry box with Town & Country magazine and boasted of her custom Ines Di Santo wedding gown).”