Louise Linton posts, then deletes Instagram supporting Greta Thunberg


  • Louise Linton, a Scottish-born actress and wife to US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, briefly posted then deleted a message of support for Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on her Instagram page.
  • At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mnuchin dismissed Thunberg, who was named Time’s 2019 person of the year, as not knowledgeable enough to weigh in on climate issues. 
  • “Is she the chief economist or who is she? I’m confused,” Mnuchin said of Thunberg. “After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us.”
  • “I stand with Greta on this issue. (I don’t have a degree in economics either) We have to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels. Keep up the fight @gretathunberg,” Linton posted to her more than 17,000 Instagram followers on Saturday. 
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Louise Linton, a Scottish-born actress and wife to US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, briefly posted then deleted a message of support for Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on her Instagram page.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mnuchin dismissed Thunberg, who was named Time’s 2019 person of the year, as not knowledgeable to weigh in on climate issues. 

“Is she the chief economist or who is she? I’m confused,” Mnuchin said in response to a question about whether the US would follow Thunberg’s calls to transition away from fossil fuels. “After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us.”

Shortly after, the 17-year-old Thunberg — who is known for her Internet clapbacks — replied, “It doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1.5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up.”

She added, “So either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or explain to future generations and those already affected by the climate emergency why we should abandon our climate commitments.”

And just two days later, Mnuchin’s own wife appeared to take Thunberg’s side.

“I stand with Greta on this issue. (I don’t have a degree in economics either) We have to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels. Keep up the fight @gretathunberg,” Linton posted to her over 17,000 Instagram followers on Saturday. 

Linton’s post, which tagged both Mnuchin and Thunberg’s Instagram handles, featured a photo of them both side-by-side, in addition to a number of other photos showing fires, floods, and endangered species meant to illustrate the real-world effects of climate change. 

And in case the message to her husband wasn’t clear enough, Linton tagged Mnuchin’s Instagram handle in the first photo of the post. 

This wasn’t the first time Linton had taken to Instagram to publicly disagree with members of the Trump administration.

Linton, a vocal animal rights advocate and, also used the platform to directly criticize the Trump administration relaxing restrictions on the ability of Americans to import hunting wild game, including that of endangered species like elephants, into the United States. 

Americans should not be permitted to kill exotic animals for fun!! “The Trump administration has authorized a U.S. hunter to import a lion trophy from Tanzania — the first allowed from that country since lions were given protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in January 2016. A Florida man received permission to import the lion’s skin, skull, claws and teeth, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records belatedly released under the Freedom of Information Act.” The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, along with the Humane Society Legislative Fund, are fighting for the CECIL ACT to be passed by Congress. CALL TO ACTION: Urge Congress to pass the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies (CECIL) Act to ban imports of trophies and parts from African lions and elephants from Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia into the United States. Excerpts from this article were first published by Center for Biological Diversity, September 2019. Lion photo by Robin Silver, Center for Biological Diversity. #lion #bantrophyhunting #bantrophyhunters #walterpalmerthekiller #walterpalmer #nataliepalmerbotes

A post shared by L O U I S E L I N T O N (@louiselinton) on Nov 13, 2019 at 1:34pm PST

 

In a 2019 interview with Los Angeles Magazine, Linton made clear that despite being married to a Trump cabinet official, she won’t hesitate from holding and expressing her own views, even those that come into conflict with her husband’s job.

She told the publication: “I very much respect my husband and the president of the United States, but I am an individual with my own beliefs and views. You should measure me by my actions, the friends I keep and the charities I support, not by the politics of my husband.”

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