Controversy over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to a hair salon continues to escalate as more than a dozen women wearing curlers in their hair showed up to protest at Pelosi’s house on Thursday.
Over a dozen women draped in plastic resembling a beauty salon smock showed up to Pelosi’s house in Pacific Heights, San Francisco and hung blow dryers in the trees outside her home.
None of these demonstrators in front of Nancy Pelosiâs home are salon owners or workers. Theyâve all described themselves âangry salon customersâ who want to get their hair and nails done @sfchronicle pic.twitter.com/fVMVM2Aajl
— Jessica Christian (@jachristian) September 3, 2020
Pelosi has been the center of criticism from California salon owners and customers after footage of her Monday visit to a San Francisco salon was released. The surveillance video shows the congresswoman getting her hair done indoors with her mask around her neck.
Many personal care workers in California were outraged by Pelosi’s treatment, calling her hypocritical because salons in the state had remained closed, or restricted to outdoor services, due to the coronavirus.
Salons in San Francisco were permitted to reopen outdoors a day after Pelosi’s visit, according to the city’s health department. Face masks are still required to be worn during these services.
On Wednesday, Pelosi defended the trip, saying she was “set up” by the salon and that she had not known she was in violation of local health orders.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times,” Pelosi said during a Wednesday press conference. “And that when they said they could accommodate people one person at a time and that we could 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 owner of the salon, Erica Kious, denied Pelosi’s claim in an interview with Fox News. Kious told host Tucker Carlson that she had lost 60 percent of her clients as a result of the incident.
In response to Pelosi’s remarks that the salon owes her an apology, the owner said, she doesn’t “owe anyone an apology.”
“Mrs. Pelosi owes the entire country an apology. If America goes in front of Congress and lies, they go to jail. But apparently, when the most powerful woman in the world lies to America, we owe her an apology,” Kious added on Thursday.
President Donald Trump also shamed Pelosi for her salon treatment, tweeting “does anyone want a Speaker of the House who can be so easily SET UP?”
During a Thursday White House briefing, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany played the footage of the congresswoman’s salon visit. McEnany told reporters that “apparently, the rules do not apply to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She wants small businesses to stay shut down but only reopen for her convenience.”
Newsweek reached out to Pelosi for comment, but did not hear back before publication.
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Video: Caught on video: Maskless Nancy Pelosi gets hair done (FOX News)