Pelosi's Salon Owner Says Life Ruined Over Dem's Visit: 'I'm Pretty Much Done Now'
Maskless Pelosi breached lockdown order - then blamed salon & demanded apology
San Francisco salon owner Erica Kious has said that the fallout from a visit from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has ruined her life, saying "I think I’m pretty much done now."
Kious told Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the scandal has made her consider shutting her business down for good.
Pelosi was caught breaching COVID-19 restrictions to visit the shuttered salon after security footage emerged online of the speaker getting her hair done without wearing a mask.
The business owner disputes Speaker Pelosi’s claim that she was “set up” by the salon this week.
According to Kious, it was Pelosi who called and set up the appointment, and she has been “coming in for quite a while.”
However, Pelosi claims she was "tricked" into breaching the lockdown order by the salon and even demanded an apology.
"She had called the stylist, or her assistant did, and made the appointment, so the appointment was already booked, so there was no way I could’ve set that up,” Kious said.
"And 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 to set her up.
"So that’s absolutely false.”
"So, Pelosi says that salons in San Francisco, and of course she lives there and she’s the most powerful democratic legislator in the world, but she said she understood that the restrictions allowed a one-on-one appointment in salons,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said.
"What do you make on that?”
"I heard that, and I thought to myself, well, as a hairstylist I see clients one-on-one, so, that would mean I would be open, right?” Kious responded.
"Are you open?” Carlson asked.
"No," she responded.
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When asked what the shutdown has done to her business, Kious responded: “For the past six months, we’ve, I mean, we are pretty much done.
"I mean, we’ve lost at least 60% of our clients.
"I’ve lost the majority of my staff, so, six months is a long time to be closed down.”
"How do you feel about seeing the most powerful woman in America come into your salon in violation of the rules she supports, get caught, and then blame you for it?” Carlson asked.
"To be honest, it was more hurtful,” Kious responded.
"She’s been coming in for quite a while, and just to see her come in and especially not wearing the mask, that’s what really got to me, but this isn’t even political.
"It’s the fact that she actually came in and 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?
"So, it’s been hard," she revealed.
"If Nancy Pelosi feels comfortable using your salon, why can’t civilians use it?” Carlson asked.
"Exactly and I’ll be honest, in our area in San Francisco, we are obviously the last county or city to not open,” she answered.
"We’ve been trying to figure that out.
"We’ve been asking ourselves these questions for six months—I mean for the past actually four months, of why we are not reopened, and it’s kind of a good question.
"Again, we don’t know,” she added.
Kious later stated that she does not plan on staying in San Francisco after this whole ordeal because of how the community has treated her in response to the situation with Pelosi.
San Francisco salon owner Erica Kious blasts Democrat Nancy Pelosi after Pelosi broke coronavirus lockdown rules, got caught, and now is blaming the salon and demand that they apologize to her. pic.twitter.com/XlTbFWwdlM— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 3, 2020
On Wednesday, Pelosi told reporters that she would only take "responsibility for falling for a set-up" and for being “tricked.”
Pelosi demanded that the salon apologizes to her.
Here's Nancy Pelosi's response when asked about her visit to a San Francisco hair salon. https://t.co/IQKWpWsGE0— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) September 2, 2020
"I take responsibility for falling for a set up," Pelosi said. pic.twitter.com/IqzJVCCKFu
The salon owner balked at Pelosi’s claim to not have understood that restrictions didn’t allow one-on-one appointments.
"The hard part of all this is that I’ve been in that community for 12 years," she explained.
"And since this happened, I have received nothing but hate text messages, death threats, they’re going to burn my hair salon down.
"My Yelp page is just unbelievable with bad reviews.
"It’s just sad that my community is pulling this when they are saying that I threw her under the bus when I didn’t," she said.
"So that’s hurtful, but yeah, I think I’m pretty much done now.”