Who knew a hair appointment could be so political?
Pelosi Caught Red-Handed
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited eSalon in San Francisco on Monday, August 31, for a wash and blow-out, even though local lockdown restrictions have kept hair salons shuttered since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pelosi is seen on security camera footage walking through the salon with wet hair and not wearing a mask. (Her mask may be down around her neck.) She is followed by her stylist, who is wearing a mask. The footage is timestamped August 31 at 3:08pm PT.
San Francisco salons have been closed since March. They were notified on September 1 that they could reopen with outdoor stations and services only.
Salon Owner Is Fed Up with Lockdown Restrictions and the Hypocrisy
Salon owner Erica Kious, who rents out chairs in her salon to individual stylists, shared the footage and information about Pelosi’s visit. Kious explained that one of her stylists texted her Sunday, August 30, about Pelosi’s request for an appointment.
“I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?” Kious said.
Kious pointed out the hypocrisy of Pelosi’s behavior: “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.”
Speaking with Fox News, Kious detailed the difficult situation she and other small business owners are in: “We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can’t – it’s a feeling – a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down.”
Kious continued, “I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen. I am a single mom, I have two small children, and I have no income.”
She added, “The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face.” Kious predicts that she will have to close her salon for good within the month or two.
“The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face.”
“No one can last anymore,” Kious said. “I have also lost 60 percent of my clientele because everyone is fleeing the city.”
Pelosi’s Spokesman Claims She Followed the Rules
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill claims that the House Speaker followed the rules as she understood them.
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements. 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,” Hammill said.
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements.”
But Kious said that “you’re not supposed to blow dry hair” inside, according to COVID regulations for salons — which Pelosi did.
Nancy Pelosi Claims She Was Setup
On Wednesday, September 2, Pelosi claimed her hair appointment was a setup and refused to apologize for breaking the rules (one day before she could have received those services legally at an outside salon station). Instead, she demanded an apology from the salon owner.
If Pelosi did in fact initiate this hair appointment, she’s done a marvelous job of stirring the pot and then trying to blame the mess on someone else.
But even if she did initiate the appointment, someone else unlocked the salon door for her. Was this a case of a stylist or a small business owner desperate to make money in hard times? Or something dirtier?