“So I take responsibility for falling for a set-up.”
Pelosi additionally stated the salon owed her an apology, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Pelosi’s stylist, Jonathan DeNardo, backed up the speaker’s declare that she was arrange by the salon’s homeowners. In a letter Wednesday night time, DeNardo’s authorized staff stated Erica Kious, who owns the salon Pelosi visited, had expressed anger towards Pelosi, accusing her of forcing her to curtail her enterprise because of the pandemic (the letter acknowledges that Pelosi had no hand in San Francisco’s coronavirus shutdown measures).
DeNardo’s lawyer claimed Kious had already been operating her salon previous to Pelosi’s go to. DeNardo additionally claimed he referred to as Kious and stated he wouldn’t have gone via with the appointment with out Kious’ approval.
“The fact that Ms. Kious is now objecting to Speaker Pelosi’s presence at eSalon, and from a simple surface-level review of Ms. Kious’ political leanings, it appears Ms. Kious is furthering a set-up of Speaker Pelosi for her own vain aspirations,” the letter stated.
Kious didn’t instantly reply to an e-mail searching for remark. She didn’t reply a cellphone quantity listed below her title and web site, and her voicemail was full.
Fox News first reported Pelosi’s hair appointment, together with safety footage of the congresswoman with out a masks masking her face. A hair stylist sporting a masks follows shut behind her. The video was reportedly recorded Monday. San Francisco hair salons and barber outlets reopened for enterprise open air solely on Tuesday.
Earlier on Wednesday, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill defended the speaker’s salon go to and stated she “complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements,” Hammill stated in a assertion to POLITICO. “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.”
Hammill additionally instructed POLITICO that the speaker’s stylist usually involves her dwelling however was unavailable the day of this appointment. Pelosi contacted the San Francisco salon based mostly on a referral.
Still, President Donald Trump and his allies used the incident to pile onto Pelosi in a spate of derisive tweets.
“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We will almost certainly take back the House, and send Nancy packing!”
The taunts observe a conservative line of assault towards Pelosi as out of contact with the struggles of working Americans. Pelosi was the topic of a Trump assault advert after she participated in a discuss present section displaying a cache of ice cream within the early days of coronavirus quarantine.
“The Beauty Parlor owner must really dislike Crazy Nancy Pelosi. Turning her in, on tape, is a really big deal. She probably treats him like she treats everyone else,” Trump wrote. “And she strongly supported a Kennedy who just lost in, of all places, Massachusetts!”
Trump additionally retweeted a model of the video shared on-line by his reelection marketing campaign, in addition to a message arguing that if “Nancy Pelosi can get her hair done in person — you can vote in person.”
Meanwhile, Fox News host Sean Hannity derided the speaker in a tweet as “PAMPERED PELOSI,” and White House chief of employees Mark Meadows invoked the salon go to throughout an interview Wednesday morning on “Fox & Friends.”
Meadows, who’s at an impasse with Pelosi in talks for a new spherical of coronavirus reduction, accused her of hypocrisy and stated the incident was consultant of “typical Washington, D.C.”
“Whether it’s in San Francisco with her going into a salon or in the privacy of a negotiating room, it’s time that she get serious about helping the American people,” he stated.