The nation’s highest ranking elected Democrat refused to apologize on Wednesday afternoon for visiting a San Francisco hair salon in-person in defiance of local coronavirus restrictions, opting instead to accuse the business of setting her up.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times. And that when they said, ‘Well, we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time, and that we can set up that time,’ I trusted that,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“As it turns out, it was a setup. So I take responsibility for falling for a setup,” she added.
During the press conference, Pelosi also explicitly declined to give the salon an apology, saying, “I think that they—this salon—owes me an apology for setting up.” Pelosi also cut off a reporter mid-question when he seemingly started to ask whether she reached out to the hair salon, asking the group of reporters instead whether they had “any questions about the fact that people are dying.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 2, 2020
Pelosi’s remarks come after Erica Kious, the owner of eSalon, which rents out spaces to independent stylists, blasted her on Fox News for flouting the local restrictions.
“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,” Kious told Fox News. “We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right? … It is just disturbing.”
LEAKED VIDEO: Nancy Pelosi forces salon to open so she can get her hair done, despite ordinance ordering salons remain closedpic.twitter.com/jN7wtbdWwx
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) September 1, 2020
Reacting to the salon debacle on Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Crazy Nancy Pelosi is being decimated for having a beauty parlor opened, when all others are closed, and for not wearing a Mask – despite constantly lecturing everyone else. We will almost certainly take back the House, and send Nancy packing!”
Crazy Nancy Pelosi is being decimated for having a beauty parlor opened, when all others are closed, and for not wearing a Mask – despite constantly lecturing everyone else. We will almost certainly take back the House, and send Nancy packing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2020
According to Fox News, Pelosi visited the hair salon on Monday afternoon to receive a wash and blow-dry after an assistant for the speaker allegedly reached out to a stylist who rents a chair at the business. Pelosi was not wearing a mask, but in the footage, appeared to have one around her neck.
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