Watchdog Group Requests Docs on Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton’s Use of Government Plane for Eclipse ‘Daytrip’

Following this week’s disgusting Instagram post by classhole Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who boasted about her wealth and touted her fashions, tagging each one before belittling a commenter who had the audacity to comment on how inappropriate she was, a govt. watchdog is looking into the Mnuchin’s use of a government plane for their ‘daytrip’ to Kentucky.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is seeking copies of all records concerning authorization for and the costs of Mnuchin’s use of a government plane to travel to Lexington, Kentucky on Monday, August 21″ and for any purpose since his appointment as Treasury Secretary.

Writes CREW: “The requested records would shed light on the justification for Secretary Mnuchin’s use of a government plane, rather than a commercial flight, for a trip that seems to have been planned around the solar eclipse and to enable the Secretary to secure a viewpoint in the path of the eclipse’s totality. At a time of expected deep cuts to the federal budget, the taxpayers have a significant interest in learning the extent to which Secretary Mnuchin has used government planes for travel in lieu of commercial planes, and the justification for that use.”

PREVIOUSLY: Trump Treasury Secretary’s Wife Brags About Her Wealth, Fashion, Then Belittles Instagram Critic: ‘Your Life Looks Cute’

Linton, who sparked a firestorm with her Instagram post, apologized on Tuesday.

Said Linton, who has played Marie “Let Them Eat Cake” Antoinette on television, through a publicist: “I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive.”

An official with the Treasury Department also put out a statement that the government had been reimbursed for Linton’s “day trip” to Kentucky, one of the poorest states in the nation.

And Linton’s attempt to be some sort of influencer backfired handily, with brands distancing themselves from the classless climber.

Valentino and Tom Ford rejected any association, WWD reports:

A spokeswoman said plainly that “Louise Linton did not receive any gifted merchandise, compensation or loans from Valentino” when asked whether the company had any formal business interest in being tagged in a late Monday post by Linton.

The actress, whose most high-profile role to date is a 2007 appearance on “CSI: NY,” is also not affiliated in any way with and has received no free merchandise from Tom Ford, a brand she also mentioned in her post.

The one thing Linton did succeed at was to establish herself as a classless icon for the out-of-touch Trump administration, populated with officials who see it as a branding opportunity, who claim to be making a personal sacrifice from their individual wealth-accumulating endeavors.

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Ana Navarro Rips Ben Ferguson: ‘Only Defensible Explanation for Trump’s Disgusting…Behavior Would Be Dementia’ – WATCH

Republican CNN commentator Ana Navarro let conservative radio host Ben Ferguson have it after he defended Donald Trump’s behavior at last night’s Arizona rally.

Ferguson also referred to a tweet from Navarro posted last night in which she said, “Only possible defensible explanation for Trump’s disgusting, unpresidential, narcissistic behavior, would be early-on-set dementia. Maybe.”

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Said Ferguson:

“I think people that criticize the president and they constantly say, well, he’s unpresidential or he’s unhinged or he is outside the realm. The same people that are saying that are the ones that are tweeting things like I think the president has dementia or I think it’s time to unseat the president or I think it’s time to impeach him. If you don’t like the president, it doesn’t mean that you have to go to personal attacks or to somehow say that his mind is not sane.”

Navarro defended her tweet:

“What I said was that the only defensible excuse, the only defensible explanation is if he is not mentally well because if he is, then he is just such an incredible, self-centered, narcissistic, unfit jerk that it makes it that much worse. This is what I’m talking about. The only thing that would make it defensible is if he really is not well. If sometime later in the future we find out he has something. I’m not saying he has it.”

Navarro also had some other choice words for Trump last night:

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Prince Harry on Diana, Meghan McCain, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Lee, George and Amal Clooney, Margaret Cho: HOT LINKS

MITCH MCCONNELL. Trump may not be able to salvage his presidency: “In offhand remarks, Mr. McConnell has expressed a sense of bewilderment about where Mr. Trump’s presidency may be headed, and has mused about whether Mr. Trump will be in a position to lead the Republican Party into next year’s elections and beyond, according to people who have spoken to him directly.”

LOS ANGELES. Detectives launch inquiry into man’s death at Democratic donor’s home: “The circumstances surrounding Gemmel Moore’s death have been called into question after other people have come forward with incriminating information about Ed Buck — the wealthy political donor’s whose home where Moore was found dead on July 27, his mother, Letisha Nixon, said outside a West Hollywood city council meeting on Monday.”

FIGHTING HATE. George and Amal Clooney donate $1 million to Southern Poverty Law Center.

ARIZONA REPUBLICAN PARTY. They used a photo from Margaret Cho’s “All-American Girl” to represent their Asian supporters.

MEGHAN MCCAIN. Senator’s daughter responds to calls for her father’s death from Arizona Trump supporters. “I wouldn’t wish seeing this about your own father on my worst enemy. May God help these people who inflict such cruelty in the world.”

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ECLIPSE AND THE CITY. Sarah Jessica Parker geeks out over the eclipse.

Prince Harry waxingPRINCE HARRY. On Diana’s death: “One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her dying in the backseat of her car. William and I know that, we’ve been told that numerous times by people that know that was the case. She had quite a severe head injury, but she was very much alive on the backseat and the same people who caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat. Then those photographs made… made their way back to news desks in this country.”

CHARLI XCX. The gay community were my first supporters.

INSTAUPDATE. Colton Haynes, Jared Padalecki, Mark Ruffalo, Zac Efron, and Liam Payne. More here.

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UK. Piglets rescued from barn fire served up as sausages to firefighters who ‘saved’ them. “I’m sure vegetarians will hate this.”

APPLE. Tech company may use a self-driving shuttle at its spaceship campus.

ELON MUSK. SpaceX founder unveils the company’s space suit.

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ROBERT LEE. ESPN removes announcer from football game for sharing name with Confederate general: ‘ESPN announcer Robert Lee was originally scheduled to announce Virginia’s football game vs. William & Mary in early September. ESPN said it made the change “as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding.”‘

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NEBRASKA. Track athlete hugged by teammates after coming out: “And they each gave me a hug since they could still tell I was uncomfortable about the whole thing and I was obviously nervous and that they knew caught me off guard,” Anderson said. “And that whole interaction just blows my mind. They were the last people I thought would have confronted me on that and been so welcoming. They’re just cool people.”

CRASH OF THE DAY. Kayaker nearly killed by speedboat in narrow inlet.

CAPE COD. Shark attacks seal several feet from surfers.

HUMP DAY HOTTIE. Leo Bona-Balibar.

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Animators Behind Gay Viral Short ‘In a Heartbeat’ React to Elders Reacting to Their Film: WATCH

The gay animated short film In a Heartbeat, about a young boy who crushes on another boy and is outed by his own heart, is a certified viral hit – it’s already been viewed more than 27 million times.

It’s such a phenomenon that a video of elders reacting to In a Heartbeat has already been viewed more than 4 million times.

So how will a video of Beth David and Esteban Bravo, the animators behind In a Heartbeat, reacting to elders reacting to In a Heartbeat do? Well, it’s already well on it’s way to a million views, and you can watch it below:

 

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Chris Hemsworth Urges Australians to Support Marriage Equality in Postal Vote

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Australian actor Chris Hemsworth (seen above in Thor: Ragnarok) is urging his fellow Aussies to support marriage equality in the upcoming postal vote, writing on Instagram:

“Dear open minded, free speaking, laid back, life loving aussies. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone! Vote now for marriage equality ✌️#equality”

Australians must register for the vote by August 24. The vote will be made public on November 15.

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Don Lemon Rips Trump’s Arizona Speech: ‘A Man Clearly Wounded by the Rational People Abandoning Him in Droves’ — WATCH

Don Lemon had a few words about Trump’s speech in Arizona:

“I’m just going to speak from the heart here. What we’ve witnessed is a total eclipse of the facts—someone who came out onstage and lied directly to the American people and left things out that he said in an attempt to rewrite history, especially when it comes to Charlottesville. He’s unhinged. It’s embarrassing. I don’t mean for us, the media, because he went after us—but for the country.

“This is who we elected president of the United States, a man who’s so petty he has to go after people who he deems to be his enemies like an imaginary friend of a six-year-old? His speech was without thought. It was without reason. It was devoid of facts. It was devoid of wisdom. There was no gravitas. There was no sanity there. He was like a child blaming a sibling on something else. ‘He did it. I didn’t do it.’

“He certainly opened up the race wounds from Charlottesville, a man clearly wounded by the rational people who are abandoning him in droves, meaning those business people and the people in Washington now who are questioning his fitness for office and whether he is stable—a man backed into a corner, it seems, by circumstances beyond his control and beyond his understanding.”

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American Horror Story: Cult’s First Trailer Starts with the Ultimate Horror: Trump’s Election — WATCH

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It’s been widely discussed that American Horror Story: Cult will have a political angle and a reveal of the opening credits earlier this week confirmed that.

RELATED: Donald Trump May be the Scariest Thing About the Creepy Opening Credits of ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ – WATCH

But now the first trailer has been released and what sets the tone for the entire show is Trump’s election.

“Since election night it has just been getting so much worse,” says Sarah Paulson to shrink Cheyenne Jackson in the opening moments as she explains to him “the recurrence of the coulrophobia” (fear of clowns).

The show premieres on September 5.

Watch:

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