After pictures showing Treasure Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton posing with a fresh sheet of $1 bills began making their way around social media, users were quick to ridicule the pair. Some joked that the couple was shopping for “bathroom mats” while another suggested it was “their new line of luxury toilet paper.”
As reported by the Daily Mail, Mnuchin came to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing with US Treasurer Jovita Carranza on Wednesday to tour the facility and see the new $1 bills that feature their signatures.
But the photo op is what captured the attention of social media. Linton, a Scottish actress, was dressed in a black leather maxi skirt and matching opera length leather gloves for the indoor tour, leading some to compare her style of dress to that of a Bond villain, especially in images showing her gloved hand on a sheet of bills.
Others compared Linton’s outfit to that of ‘Star Wars’ character Kylo Ren.
Social media users also saw it as an opportunity to mock their notoriously expensive tastes. One Twitter user wrote, “When the 1% shops for bathroom mats,” while another joked that the pair was “shopping for wallpaper.”
One tweet read, “Steven Mnuchin and his wife show off their new line of luxury toilet paper.”
Some decided to take a jab at Mnuchin and Linton’s relationship. A Twitter user stated, “Beautiful photo of Louise Linton with the love of her life and also Steven Mnuchin.”
“Find someone that looks at you the way Louise Linton looks at Steve Mnuchin when he’s holding a sheet of money,” said another.
This isn’t the first time the pair have faced a backlash on social media. In August, Linton posted a picture on Instagram showing the couple exiting a taxpayer-funded aircraft as part of Mnuchin’s official trip to Fort Knox and associated it with a progression of hashtags that began as pleasantries and quickly shifted to name-dropping the designers of her attire.
A user quickly shamed Linton for seeming to treat the trip as recreational or personal, but Linton’s response was what drew real ire when she replied with “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? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did.”
Linton did later offer an apology for her words.