‘Have You Given More to the Economy Than Me and My Husband?’
Actress and producer Louise Linton is under fire after she posted a photo of herself and her new husband, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, exiting a federal government plane during a recent trip to Kentucky. After bragging about the ride, she also mentioned the designer brands she claimed to be wearing, to which one Instagram user took offense, asking her to not flaunt the extreme wealth she and her husband have, The Washington Post reports. The Treasury Secretary’s financial disclosure shows he is worth an estimated $500 million.
But rather than acknowledge her inappropriate flaunting, Linton attacked.
â€œDid you think this was a personal trip?!â€ sheÂ responded on her Instagram page to a user who had said,Â â€œglad we could pay for your little getaway.â€
Linton, who apparently was wearingÂ HermÃ¨s, Roland Mouret, Tom Ford and Valentino,Â did not stop there.
Instead, she bragged about paying more in taxes than her Instagram critic, and the amount of “self-sacrifice” she and her husband have made for the country.
Louise Linton, Sec Mnuchin’s wife, posts photo that tags Hermes/Tom Ford/Valentino as she leaves Air Force Jet then replies to a critic pic.twitter.com/Uhjc7qBiEA
â€” Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 22, 2017
â€œAdorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? Iâ€™m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day â€˜tripâ€™ than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than youâ€™d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours.â€Â
It’s unclear what “self-sacrifice” Linton was referring to.
But she continued her attack and mocking of the social media user who questioned her.
â€œYouâ€™re adorably out of touch â€¦ Thanks for the passive aggressive nasty comment. Your kids look very cute. Your life looks cute.â€
On Twitter screenshots of Linton’s attack quickly spread, and after The Washington Post’s report Linton turned her account to private.
The Washington Post reports domestic travel for federal government officials is usually made not on federal government planes but on commercial airline carriers. A Treasury Dept. officialÂ says the trip was cleared through the appropriate channels and Linton’s costs were paid by the Mnuchins.
Linton’s remarks were not only stunning, but given the purpose of the trip to a state with a high poverty rate, stunningly inappropriate.
“The bizarre exchange came the day Mnuchin flew to Louisville to try to make the case for Congress to overhaul the tax code,” TheÂ Washington Post notes. “He particularly stressed how the tax changes would help middle-classÂ Americans, although Democrats have alleged the Trump administration wants to pass large tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and multinational corporations.”
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‘Could Have Killed One of Our Colleagues’: Former Trump Official Rips Him for Hiding Positive COVID Test
Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.
Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.
“Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me,” she said.
Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.
“This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others,” she said. “At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk.”
Watch the video below.
Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book
Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.
Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”
Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.
What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:
Mark Meadows retweeted Trump’s denial pic.twitter.com/hUxZRL2OTP
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) December 1, 2021
The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.
“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”
Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.
Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:
Notice how Donald Trump’s three line statement today denying the Covid-test story does NOT mention Mark Meadows even though the claim ORIGINATES in Meadows upcoming book.
In EVERY other case Trump attacks the person by name + denigrates them.
Trump and Meadows are in lock step.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) December 1, 2021
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Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.
I’m running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be determined by zip code, background or access to power. #gapol
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