U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) landed in hot water this week when a hair salon owner released a surveillance video clip revealing her maskless inside the business — an apparent violation of local coronavirus-related ordinances. While she has since dismissed the minor scandal as a “setup” by the salon owner, the controversy continues.
As one prominent example, President Donald Trump weighed in with a tweet suggesting Pelosi should step down to be replaced by ESalonSF owner Erica Kious.
“I trusted that”
His post came on Thursday, three days after the speaker’s controversial trip to the salon.
Pelosi claimed that she made arrangements with a stylist for a personal appointment and declined reporters’ invitations to apologize for her actions.
In a rule change that went into effect on Tuesday, San Francisco salons were allowed to provide services outdoors only.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times, and that when they said that we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time, I trusted that,” she said.
As for Kious’ decision to release the footage, Pelosi called it “a setup” and affirmed that she took “responsibility for falling for the setup.” The business owner also addressed the situation, though, and offered an apolitical motivation for her actions.
“A slap in the face”
“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” Kious said in a Fox News Channel interview on Tuesday.
Trump was among those for whom her response resonated, and he spoke out in her defense on Twitter.
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi said she was ‘set up’ by the beauty parlor owner when she improperly had the salon opened (and didn’t wear a MASK!). Does anyone want a Speaker of the House who can be so easily SET UP?” he tweeted.
A short time later, he suggested that Kious “should be running the House of Representatives” instead of Pelosi.
While Kious denied she had any political ambitions, the apparent hypocrisy displayed by Pelosi is sure to convince some of her constituents that somebody should replace her in Congress.