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Louise Linton Defends Photo Holding Giant Sheet of Cash With $600 Gloves: ‘It Was Kind of Cold’

Louise Linton, everyone’s favorite wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, has a big profile out in Elle that seeks to paint a humanizing portrait of the “D-list” actress turned most outrage-inducing Scot in Washington D.C.

Linton has gained little but notoriety since her time in the spotlight of the Trump era, thanks to a series of missteps that have cast her as a very glamorous and tone-deaf villain.

Chief amongst those came when her and the hubby posed with large sheets of newly printed money in November, setting the internet ablaze. Linton was grasping the money in said photo with the help of a pair of long leather gloves, reported to be worth more than $600.

In her Elle profile-cum-mea culpa — fittingly titled “Louise Linton Is Super-Duper Sorry” — the well-heeled Scot sought to explain the poorly considered photo op:

“I just didn’t bother taking the gloves off because it was kind of cold in the bureau. And I didn’t expect that I would be pulled into a picture!” Linton explained to Elle. “My husband showed me one meme or tweet or whatever that said, ‘Who did it better? Louise Linton or Darth Vader?’”

The photo wasn’t Linton’s first encounter with bad press. In August, she posted a paparazzi-style photo on Instagram showing her deplaning a U.S. government jet adorned in pricey garbs — along with a caption including such hashtags as “#hermesscarf” and “#valentinorockstudheels.”

When an Instagram user snarked in the comments section — writing, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway” — Linton responded with an emoji-riddled rant, demanding to know if the troll had “given more to the economy than me and my husband.”

Reaction to her comment was predictable — read about how she took it over at Elle.

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