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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed the controversy surrounding her indoor visit to a hair salon during a press conference at Mission Education Center Elementary School in San Francisco to highlight the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on children and education.
The press conference follows backlash over Pelosi’s solo hair salon visit in San Francisco at a time when California businesses are limited by concern over COVID-19, according to ABC News7.
In the security footage Fox News obtained, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is visiting a San Francisco hair salon, despite local rules keeping salons closed amid coronavirus. Pelosi is seen moving about the salon without a face covering.
Members of the Republican Party were quick to leap on this news.
Radio talk show host Ben Shapiro said, “Everybody knows the rules. If she tells you that she didn’t understand the rules it’s because she’s a damned liar, which she is.”
Donald Trump Jr. said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “showed how liberals enjoy certain privileges that conservatives don’t with her recent trip to a closed San Francisco salon for a wash and blowout.”
Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill insisted in a statement she was complying with the rules as told to her.
“This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business,”
“The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”
On Tuesday, Pelosi took responsibility and believes it was a “setup” from a neighborhood salon that she’s visited many times over the years.
Erika Kious, who owns the salon Pelosi visited, told Fox News, “It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” adding that she “can’t believe” the speaker didn’t have a mask on.
Kious told Fox News that Pelosi received a wash and a blow-dry, but that “you’re not supposed to blow dry hair” according to coronavirus safety precautions for hair salons.
Pelosi seemed to be convinced she had fallen for a setup. She didn’t comment on the matter further after making her statement, but there’s good reason to believe it was a setup.
Some currently interesting facts (subject to change) so far:
- Salon Owner Erica Kious has not once publicly denied what Pelosi and her people say they were briefed on, choosing instead to deflect everything back on the Speaker, claiming that Pelosi’s visit to the salon was “like a slap in the face.”
- Kious also never mentioned anything about speaking to or disciplining the hair stylist for ignoring COVID procedures since she mentioned “not being allowed to blow dry hair in the salon.”
- Kious now says she doesn’t wish to speak with anyone else. According to ABC News7, ‘Someone close to her says that she is overwhelmed with the amount of attention this is garnering,’ but no one is sure what that statement means, especially if it’s to be believed Kious was the one to provide the security footage to Fox News in the first place.
Salons in San Francisco had been closed since March and were only notified that they could reopen on September 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only.