Steve Mnuchin and Louise Linton’s August visit to Kentucky is the minor political scandal that keeps on giving. First, there was Linton’s shameless bragging on Instagram about her head-to-toe designer outfit. Then, Linton wrote a disproportionately lengthy and angry response to the citizen commenter — @jennimiller29 — who dared to criticize her. Finally, theories emerged that the Treasury Secretary’s trip, which involved the use of a government plane, was actually just a jaunt to view the great 2017 solar eclipse: Kentucky was in the path of totality, and Mnuchin and Linton watched it from Fort Knox.
Mnuchin was asked about this on Thursday, following new reports that he requested a government jet for his European honeymoon over the summer. He dismissed the claim, saying that he was in fact there to visit Fort Knox. Also, he’s a sophisticated New Yorker who couldn’t care less about something so insignificant and plebeian as the eclipse. (Pssst, Trump fans: the coastal elites are coming from inside the administration.)
“People in Kentucky took this stuff very seriously,” Mnuchin told the Washington Post. “Being a New Yorker, I don’t have any interest in watching the eclipse.”
Sure, that checks out.