SF Salon Owner Who Exposed Pelosi: ‘I Lost My Business to Leftist Politics'
'I thought if I ever lost my business, I would have lost it in an earthquake'
Former San Francisco salon owner Erica Kious shuttered her business last year after exposing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for flouting government-imposed restrictions.
During the Heritage Action’s Save Our Paychecks Tour kick-off event in Fresno, Kious said:
"I thought if I ever lost my business, I would have lost it in an earthquake."
"Never did I ever think that I would have lost everything I worked for by leftist politics. Gone."
Pelosi was caught walking around inside the salon without wearing a mask after Fox News obtained surveillance video last year.
Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) later claimed she was "set up," which Kious denied.
"I never set her up. That was a lie," said Kious.
"I’ve had cameras in there since I opened.
"I didn’t put them in there I didn't turn them on.
"They're on all the time."
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
She added that Pelosi was serviced by an independent stylist who rented a chair from the Salon.
She decided to share the security camera footage in what she called a "hurtful" display of hypocrisy.
"I went through the exact footage of her walking through my reception area with no mask," Kious said Tuesday.
"I literally felt like she took a knife and stabbed me in the stomach. …
"I know inside me what she did was wrong, completely wrong."
Since 2020, almost 40,000 small businesses have shut their doors.
Last year, Kious said that the fallout from a visit from Pelosi ruined her life, saying, "I think I’m pretty much done now."
"I’ve lost the majority of my staff, so six months is a long time to be closed down.”
"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.
"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.”