Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went to a hair salon in San Francisco on August 31, one day before salons were allowed to provide services outdoors. Salon security video footage revealed that Pelosi was inside the salon, and without a face mask. Pelosi is being called out for her hypocrisy while she is accusing the salon owner, Erica Kious, of “setting her up.”
Kious appeared on Tucker Carlson to explain her reason for releasing the video footage:
The point of releasing this video was to show a woman in a high-risk age group who spends much of her time on TV warning about the dangers of COVID-19, feel safe and comfortable in a San Francisco salon, and can be responsible for being cautious and mindful.
If it is safe for an 80-year-old woman to be in a salon without a mask, why are salons locked down? Kious then asked what everyone is thinking:
Why can’t the rest of San Francisco and the rest of America do that too?
Pelosi, exposed and enraged, demanded an apology from Erica Kious for “setting her up.” Jonathan DeNardo, the stylist that actually provided the service for Pelosi, issued a statement affirming that Kious set Pelosi up.
DeNardo claims that Kious approved Pelosi’s visit, but Kious said that stylists are independent and book their own appointments and have access to the salon 24/7.
On Tucker Carlson, Kious affirmed that she was receiving death threats and terrible comments on her yelp listing. When asked if she would continue working in San Francisco, she said she couldn’t see how that was possible.
A GoFundMe was established to help Kious relocate her business, and at this writing has passed $154,000 in donations. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem urged Kious to move to South Dakota to enjoy the freedom to work in that state.
Pelosi is enduring criticism from the left and the right. CNN’s Don Lemon scolded her and said she should have just admitted she made a mistake. In a press conference, Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump’s press secretary, played the video of the barefaced Pelosi, while she demanded that the Speaker of the House apologize to America. A CBS reporter tweeted that Pelosi should have known that the salon was closed in her own district.
She’s a public official from California, she should know the rules established by the governor of her own state.
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) September 2, 2020
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Kious, a single mother of two, released her own statement and took questions from reporters who mostly wanted to establish if Kious had been breaking lockdown rules.