Mnuchin's Wife: Controversy Was Wake-Up Call for Me

Louise Linton again apologizes over 'patronizing' comments to critic
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2017 5:03 AM CDT
Mnuchin's Wife: I Deserved the Criticism
In this Jan. 20 photo, Stephen Mnuchin and his then-fiancee, Louise Linton, arrive on Capitol Hill for Donald Trump's inauguration.   (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)

The wife of Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin has doubled down on her apology over a social media snub that saw her likened to Marie Antoinette. "I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics," Louise Linton tells Washington Life magazine. "It’s clear that I was the one who was truly out of touch and my response was reactionary and condescending," says the 36-year-old Scottish actress, adding, "I wish I hadn’t spoken in such a patronizing tone." Linton spoke to the magazine a week after the incident in which she called Oregon's Jenni Miller "adorably out of touch" after Miller criticized an Instagram post by Linton about her designer clothes and accessories. In the ensuing backlash, Linton offered an apology through her publicist, and she amplified that in the interview.

"I feel like I deserved the criticism, and my response is, 'Thanks for waking me up quickly and for turning me back in the right direction." Linton also offered to work with Miller on some type of charity "in the spirit of unity and love." Miller sounded receptive to the idea Monday evening, per the Daily News, saying she would be "very happy" to work with Linton on a mutual cause. Linton's new comments came during a photo shoot for the magazine that had been scheduled before the controversy. "I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown," she says. "But it would be dishonest to proclaim that I'm never going to go to another social function." (Read more Louise Linton stories.)

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