Louise Linton apologizes for 'being out of touch' in latest issue of Washington Life

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Just days following her controversial Instagram tirade, Louise Linton sat down with Washington Life magazine to tell her side of the story.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's wife posted a now-deleted photograph of herself and her new husband stepping out of a taxpayer-funded airplane during his visit to Fort Knox on August 21. The photo itself looked fine, but it was her caption, in which she seemingly flaunted her wealth, that sparked controversy. 

"Great #daytrip to #Kentucky!" she wrote, according to New York Magazine journalist Yashar Ali. "#nicest #people #beautiful #countryside #rolandmouret pants #tomford sunnies #hermesscarf #valentinorockstudheels #valentino #usa."

"Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable," one Instagram user called "Jenni M" commented.

Linton then went on a scathing Instagram tirade calling out Jenni M. The actress' comments quickly went viral.

The Scottish-born actress revealed to Washington Life that her brutal remarks were a "moment of weakness" when she was "trying to portray a certain public image." She also wished that she hadn't spoken out in "such a patronizing tone."


Linton contineud: “My post itself and the following response were 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.”

Mnuchin's wife also appeared in a six-page spread inside the magazine, including its cover, dressed in several gowns worth thousands of dollars. She appeared in two bridal gowns from Indes di Santo that retail for approximately $10,000 each as well as a $1,500 blue sheath designed by Jason Wu.

Many have slammed Linton's interview -- and her pricey ballgowns -- since its release on Tuesday:

"Unreal: gown-clad Louise Linton uses "Balls & Galas"(!) issue of @WashingtonLife to apologize for her offensive Kentucky trip with Mnuchin," one user wrote

Another Twitter user also described Linton as "COMPLETELY out of touch, spoiled beyond belief. Embarrassing,"

She did, however, touch on the "irony" of her apology later in the interview:

"I see the irony of making an apology in a ball gown! But it would be dishonest to proclaim that I’m never going to go to another social function."

For more on Linton's controversy, watch the video above.