etween the violence in Charlottesville, our President's utter refusal to unequivocally denounce racism, and the myriad of other ridiculously hate-filled stories plastered all over the media these days, tuning in to negative story after negative story can be exhausting.
But Louise Linton's classist Instagram rant is important. Unfortunately, it's also disgusting.
Louise Linton, wife of the US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, recently slipped up big time.
In addition to being the third wife of our Treasury Secretary, Linton is a self-proclaimed actress and writer.
She’s also crazy rich.
Linton recently accompanied her husband on a business trip to Kentucky. They travelled together via military jet.
And like any label-loving, social media aficionado, Linton documented her trip via Instagram post.
The picture is tagged with all of the high end fashion she’s wearing, and in the background, the US military jet sits on the tarmac.
This was the photo Ms. Linton posted to her public Instagram account:
The photo’s comment read,“Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!” and included hashtags #rolandmouret, #hermesscarf, #tomford and #valentino.
Because that’s definitely what’s important about traveling on government business.
Before long, a swarm of angry Instagrammers descended on Linton's post, expressing their rage via comments.
Among the commenters was Jenni Miller, a mother of three from Portland, Oregon. Miller wrote, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”
Linton could have just left that little comment alone. But she didn’t.
Instead, she chose to fling an extensive series of passive aggressive insults Miller's way...
Her barrage of insults, documented above, included a condescending rant shaming Miller for having less money than she and her husband presently have.
After she posted her comment, the floodgates opened. Commenters immediately ripped Linton's privilege to shreds.
That, and her strange concept of what a worthwhile sacrifice is.
And the fact that she decided to suddenly promote Game of Thrones at the end of her comment.
The drama spiraled so far out of control that Linton has since made her account private.
A scathing classist rant inspiring overwhelming backlash? How ever could she have foreseen that drama?
Never underestimate the outraged Internet, though. Users managed to screenshot Linton's post and comment thread well before she tried to cover her tracks by making her profile private.
Soon, screenshots were uploaded to Twitter and began circulating.
One commenter reminded Ms. Linton that money is not the only way to contribute to our great country.
Leaving friends and family behind to risk your life and protect your country feels like a way bigger sacrifice than writing a check.
Unfortunately, this incident is far from the first time Linton has ruffled feathers.
Last year, Linton was involved in another scandal. This time, about her year in Africa.
Linton previously released a utterly deranged “memoir” that had folks all over the Internet rightfully outraged…
Linton's so-called memoir called In Congo's Shadow horrified readers all over the Internet last year for a very twisted reason.
The book is, “the inspiring memoir of an intrepid teenager who abandoned her privileged life in Scotland to travel to Zambia as a gap year student where she found herself inadvertently caught up on the fringe of the Congolese War.”
Linton, however, ridiculously exaggerated the aforementioned "Congolese War" she was "involved" in, among other key details.
Outrage quickly spread over the book’s publication, disputing plot points throughout the so-called memoir. Critics of the book began to dig into the facts, uncovering some unsettling things.
You know, minor things like the fact that a boat of Congolese captains she claimed arrived to raid her village, had really arrived to surrender.
Critics from all over the world called Linton's book out as inaccurate and distasteful.
She did post a statement apologizing for offending people with her book, and months later, pulled it from Amazon.
One would think that a woman with such a rich history of igniting social media ire would have learned from her mistakes.
Alas, recent events prove otherwise.
Miller, the woman Linton cyber-bullied on Instagram, told CNN of her experience, “She went to a state where one in five people lives in poverty and many children don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”
"Instead of helping in some way, she chose to brag about her outlandishly expensive clothes. It's more than tone-deaf, it's deplorable."
“The Mnuchins are reimbursing the government for her travel,” representatives from the Treasury department said, “and she does not receive compensation for products she mentions.”
Like that helps. A little common sense before posting might be the trick next time.