House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been in the news relentlessly throughout the week as Americans grew more frustrated with her violation of the very social distancing orders she supported.
Pelosi became a punchline after she was caught on video in a salon, that by local law, should still have been closed to inside business. The highest-ranking member of Congress could be seen crossing a room inside the salon, with her full face exposed and no mask covering her mouth and nose.
The footage was leaked to the press, and Pelosi was asked to make an account for her actions. The House speaker said that she “trusted” the salon owner and she believed she was set up. She attacked the single mother, causing a backlash from the right, who believe the shutdown is a political ploy.
— Jessica Christian (@jachristian) September 3, 2020
This action on the part of the “public servant” and local women also had a thing or two to say, coming out in support of their stylist and struck out, metaphorically, at the powerful congresswoman, holding a gathering in front of her San Francisco home, hanging blow dryers and other symbolic items from a tree.
According to The Blaze, local reporter Bobby Tooke posted the footage on Twitter, reporting, “Protestors gather outside of @SpeakerPelosi house in #SanFrancisco. They chant about freedom and place hair dryers on a tree.”
While the hairdressers kept themselves from the rioting and looting that many protesters seem to have fallen into recently, one clip from the San Francisco Chronicle shows a demonstrator telling the group, …”To gather, to make sure everybody has an opportunity to earn a living and feed their families.” The women cheered the speaker on and another woman added, “The government needs to stay out of it.”
Pelosi, along with many of her fellow high ranking Democrats have pushed for the shutdown to continue, hamstringing the ability of many to provide for their families during this time of coronavirus awareness.
Reporter Jessica Christian tweeted, “None of these demonstrators in front of Nancy Pelosi’s home are salon owners or workers. They’ve all described themselves ‘angry salon customers’ who want to get their hair and nails done.”
The owner of the salon where Pelosi went for her blowout, Erica Kious, called Pelosi’s actions a “slap in the face” earlier this week. She said that she believed her salon would likely go under, due to the aggressive local regulations put on them by Democratic leaders.
She called on Pelosi to apologize for not only breaking the order that she herself has lost thousands of dollars adhering to but for her inability to apologize for it. Pelosi responded saying on Wednesday that the salon should apologize to her for “setting her up.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times,” Pelosi told reporters according to The Blaze. “And that when they said ‘We’re able to accommodate people, one person, at a time’ and that we can set up that time, I trusted that. As it turns out, it was a setup, so I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”
“I think that this salon owes me an apology, for setting [me] up.”
Thus far, there has yet to be an apology on either side of the issue, and Pelosi has maintained her innocence, including her position that she adhered to mask guidelines, despite video evidence to the contrary. The salon owner, however, has amassed a large Twitter following that will hopefully assist her in keeping her salon on its feet.