There is no word yet on whether Erica Kious, owner of eSalon in San Francisco, has apologized to Nancy Pelosi. That was what the speaker said she thought she was entitled to on Wednesday after insisting that her unforced error — brazenly visiting a hair salon in the midst of a pandemic that has decreed that salons remain closed — was a “setup.” Here she is taking questions from reporters (the transcript of her remarks follows):
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 what we’re able to accommodate people, one person at a time, and that we can set up that time, I trusted that. So I take responsibility for falling for a setup. And that’s all I’m going to say on that.
Maybe she should have just taken her lumps initially and admitted that her actions were hypocritical. Instead, Pelosi, whom Democrats keep repeating is a brilliant dealmaker, opened a can of worms with her attempt at a defense. Kious has now appeared on television to give her side of the story.
Even worse, a group of “‘angry salon customers’ who want to get their hair and nails done,” have gathered outside Pelosi’s mansion to protest her sense of self-entitlement. They are also critical of the speaker for “going on the attack” against Kious, who is a single mother.
Protesters have gathered in front of Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home and are stringing up curlers and blow dryers on a tree after a video surfaced of Pelosi getting her hair done indoors/maskless at a SF salon @sfchronicle pic.twitter.com/v6KVORByaP
— Jessica Christian (@jachristian) September 3, 2020