Pelosi Calls Salon Visit Controversy A ‘Set Up’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blamed the San Francisco hair salon for the “set up” after being told beforehand they could accommodate her appointment indoors and declined to apologize for defying the city’s coronavirus rules in getting her hair done.

Addressing the controversy surrounding her visit to a local salon on Monday, Pelosi told reporters she “takes responsibility” for failing for the “set-up,” but claimed she was told by eSalon that it was allowed to have one customer at a time inside its establishment. 

“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 what we’re able to accommodate people, one person at a time. And that we can set up that time. I trusted that,” Pelosi said at a press conference in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon. “As it turns out – it was a setup. So I take responsibility for falling for a set-up. And that’s all I’m going to say on that.”

Pelosi added if anyone was owed an apology, it was her by the salon.

“I think that this salon owes me an apology, for setting me up,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi’s visit to the hair salon on Monday set off a firestorm after video footage published from Fox News showed the California Democrat walking inside the salon with wet hair and without a face covering in apparent defiance the city’s COVID-19 rules. The owner of eSalon, Erica Kious called the congresswoman’s visit “a slap in the face,” when one of her independent stylists reached out to her on Sunday night and requested to rent a chair in the salon for an appointment.

“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, “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.”

“I was like, are you kidding me right now?, Do I let this happen? What do I do?” Kious added. “We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right? It is just disturbing.”

Since the pandemic began in March, salons in San Francisco have been shuttered with plans for indoor operations that are set to occur in October. Tuesday was the first-day hair salons began to reopen and are only allowed to operate for outdoor service only.

At the press conference, Pelosi attempted to shift the criticism surrounding her hair visit, by saying that many are “annoyed” at the salon set up.

“I have been inundated by people who are in the hair service industry, saying, thank you for calling attention to this. We need to get back to work,” Pelosi said. “Many of them annoyed at the setup.” 

When asked why she wasn’t wearing a mask, a guideline that San Francisco and many states have mandated regarding services requiring customers to wear a face-covering when being served, Pelosi replied she “don’t wear a mask” while getting her hair washed.

“I don’t wear a mask when I’m washing my hair. Do you wear a mask when you’re washing your hair? I always wear a mask,” she said.

Pelosi appeared irritated at reporters as they continued to question her about her salon visit and fired back at reporters for not focusing on the main issue of the press conference such as school reopening and congress attempting to pass a new coronavirus relief package. 

“Do you have any questions about the fact that people are dying? That schools need to open and the rest?” Pelosi said. “We have to get this country moving again, and I will not let this subject take away from the fact that we have 185,000 plus people who have died from this virus.” 

President Trump seized on Pelosi’s salon visit earlier Wednesday for being hypocritical in breaking the very rules she scolds others when it comes to wearing a face mask.

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Grampa Mullan
09.13.20 8:34 AM

We have a nation populated on the left by perfect people that seems to be the target of the entire population that is out to set them up to do such horrendous deeds daily. Nancy believes it is shameful that she should be the target of such vila acts. acts that must have apologies for.it is clear that this salon owner is part of a conspiracy that is taking advantage of the efforts of the left to protect America removing the possibilities for spreading this horrendous virus and use it against a member of congress that works so tirelessly to… Read more »

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SDOFAZ
09.03.20 8:36 PM

OH DEAR, OLD MAFIA NANC WAS SET UP! Thinking it through how is that possible? If she was there getting her hair done, then the whole thing was for her because she is special, queen bee. The cameras were already in the business and the owner just did not like the fact that old Mafia Nanc did what she and her nephew would not let anyone else do in the whole state of CA. I wonder how many free cuts that hag has gotten too. CAUSE SHE IS SPECIAL!

Vincent
09.03.20 1:31 PM

poloser is a TRAITOR TO THE COUNTRY this woman knows people are hurting and I feel demorats started this BS pandemic for their HATE for on man that came in and did their job 1000% better then they ever did in 50 years of being in government

Bill Johnson
09.03.20 10:21 AM

Please do not shame Nancy. The poor woman desperately needs all the help she can get to keep from scaring congress.

provobis
09.03.20 9:49 AM

A liberal is one who seeks to avoid the disciplines of the truth. Pelosi leads that (mob) pack, her first lie being she’s a “democrat”. There is no democrat party in this country, communists having promised they would “assist leaders with socialism till one day americans wake upand find they’re finally communists”. Hello comrade Pelosi!

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