Only days ago, the Secretary of the Treasury’s wife, Louise Linton, landed herself in the national spotlight with her condescending, tone-deaf response to a critic on Instagram after posting a photo of herself deplaning a U.S. Air Force jet in full high-fashion garb. Now, the brands with which she so proudly aligned herself are duly distancing themselves from Linton and the controversy she created.
Per Page Six, “Valentino quickly denied any ties to Linton, as did Tom Ford. A Valentino rep told WWD, ‘Louise Linton did not receive any gifted merchandise, compensation or loans from Valentino.’”
Whereas Linton had previously been a guarantee to appear at upscale events like the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Fashion Week’s Dressed to Kilt Benefit, and the Public Library’s Library Lions Gala, a top fashion insider shared a rather grim outlook on her upcoming social calendar.
“Louise won’t be invited to Fashion Week or the big galas. And she certainly won’t be appearing in Vogue, if her wedding pictures [with Trump] hadn’t already killed her chances with Anna Wintour.”
The controversy was brought about when an Instagram user commented on Linton’s photo, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable.” The 36-year-old Scottish actress launched an all-out assault on the stranger, rife with tone-deaf, classist tropes and dripping with condescension.
Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice [sic] to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day “trip” than you did… You’re adorably out of touch.
A watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), has since filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records regarding Steven Mnuchin’s trip to Fort Knox in Kentucky. The group alleges that the trip, on which Linton accompanied her husband on a government jet, was timed so the couple could enjoy the solar eclipse, adding a new complication to a scandal that could have been avoided had she behaved differently.
While Linton – the wife of a public servant caught using taxpayer funded transport for a “#daytrip” to Kentucky – was busy scolding a stranger on the internet to feed her own ego, it seems that she has alienated just about everyone else in the process, including the very brands for which she was willing to sacrifice her reputation.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.