Salon Owner Responds to Trump's Call to Run for House: 'I'll Do What I Need to Do'
'I see how hard the president fights for America'
The salon owner, who found herself in a public dispute with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she got an illicit blowout that violated California's state coronavirus restrictions, was encouraged by President Donald Trump to run for the House of Representatives.
In a tweet, Trump floated the idea of Erica Kious running for Congress and taking over as House speaker.
“I want the salon owner to lead the House of Representatives,” Trump said at the Latrobe rally.
Kious responded to Trump's call in a phone interview with Fox News late Thursday.
“I see how hard the president fights for America, and it has inspired me to do what is right for the people in my industry and small businesses everywhere,” Kious said.
“I never expected all of this, but the House I am focused on right now is the House with two little girls under 10, with social-distanced learning."
"But I appreciate the sentiment," she added.
“But he is my president, and I will do what I need to do."
Earlier, the president tweeted:
“Nancy Pelosi says she got ‘set up’ by a Beauty Parlor owner. Maybe the Beauty Parlor owner should be running the House of Representatives instead of Crazy Nancy?”
Nancy Pelosi says she got “set up” by a Beauty Parlor owner. Maybe the Beauty Parlor owner should be running the House of Representatives instead of Crazy Nancy?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2020
Pelosi was caught on camera visiting the San Francisco hair salon despite it being closed due to coronavirus-related local ordinances.
Security footage showed Pelosi walking through ESalonSF in San Francisco with wet hair, and without a mask over her mouth or nose.
Pelosi later claimed she was “set up” at the hair salon, which she said she had been to “over the years many times.”
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I have been to many times,” Pelosi told reporters Wednesday.
“When they said they could accommodate people one at a time, and we can set up that time, I trusted that.”
Kious said that the fallout from a visit from Pelosi had ruined her life, saying, "I think I’m pretty much done now."