House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has gotten criticism for going to a hair salon in San Francisco earlier this week. The owner of the salon denied Pelosi’s accusation that she was a victim of a “setup,” calling Pelosi’s statement “absolutely false.”
Erica Kious, owner of ESalonSF, told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the Democrat was serviced by an independent stylist. The said stylist rents chairs in her salon. According to her, she decided to share the security camera footage of Pelosi when she found her indoors without a mask. She described it as a “hurtful” display of hypocrisy, as reported by Fox News.
Pelosi reportedly claimed that she was “set up.” She said she has been to the salon “over the years many times.”
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I have been to many times,” Pelosi said on Wednesday. “When they said they could accommodate people one at a time, and 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. The salon owes me an apology for setting me up,” she said.
Not a Set-Up
Talking to host Tucker Carlson, Kious said: “There was no way I could've set that up. I've had a camera system in there for five years. I mean, I didn't go in there and turn cameras on as soon as she walked in and set her up. So that is absolutely false.”
Fox News reported that Kious did not intend to make a political statement by releasing the footage. However, Kious “emphasized that Pelosi's cavalier appearance in her salon ‘was more hurtful’ than anything else.”
“This isn't even political,” she said. “She's been coming in there … it's the fact that she actually came in, didn't have a mask on, and I just thought about my staff and people not being able to work and make money and provide for their families, and if she is in there comfortably without a mask and feeling safe, then why are we shut down? Why am I not able to have clients come in?”
According to Kious, she has received several threats since the House Speaker’s comments on Wednesday.
“It's just sad that my community is pulling this … saying that I threw her under the bus when I didn't,” Kious said. “So that's hurtful, but yeah, I think I'm pretty much done now.”
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