Pelosi: Hair sa­lon should apol­o­gize for ‘set-up’

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY JANIE HAR

SAN FRAN­CISCO — A testy Nancy Pelosi said Wed­nes­day she takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for trust­ing the word of a San Fran­cisco hair sa­lon that it was OK to come in for a solo visit — even though the city still does not al­low in­door beauty ser­vices be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

But the Demo­cratic House Speaker called Mon­day’s visit a “set-up” and said the sa­lon owes her an apol­ogy for mis­rep­re­sent­ing city health or­ders.

“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 . . . we’re able to ac­com­mo­date peo­ple one per­son at a time, and that we can set up that time, I trusted that,” Pelosi told re­porters Wed­nes­day. “As it turns out, it was a set-up.”

“I take re­spon­si­bil­ity for fall­ing for a setup,” she said.

Pelosi is fac­ing fierce back­lash af­ter Fox News Chan­nel aired sur­veil­lance footage from the sa­lon that showed her walk­ing through the sa­lon with her hair wet and with a mask around her neck rather than on her face. In the clip, a masked stylist fol­lows her. Crit­ics, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, called her a hyp­ocrite and asked why she did not know the coro­n­avirus-re­lated rules in her home city.

Erica Kious, owner of eSalon in the city’s up­scale Ma­rina district, told Fox News that she rents chairs to stylists and one of them in­formed her in ad­vance that Pelosi wanted a wash and blow dry. Cal­i­for­nia guide­lines on sa­lons vary by county, but strin­gent San Fran­cisco of­fi­cials have not yet per­mit­ted in­door sa­lons to open.

Kious said she con­sid­ered Pelosi get­ting her hair done “a slap in the face” to strug­gling busi­ness own­ers. She did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Pelosi said Wed­nes­day she would not an­swer any more questions about the visit and asked at one point whether re­porters had any questions “about the fact that peo­ple are dy­ing,” re­fer­ring to the HEROES Act leg­is­la­tion she called the news con­fer­ence to ad­dress.

A re­porter asked why she was not wear­ing a mask in the brief clip.

“I just had my hair washed. I don’t wear a mask when I’m wash­ing my hair. Do you wear a mask when you’re wash­ing your hair? I al­ways have a mask,” Pelosi said.


A stair­way leads to the en­trance of eSalon at top left on Union Street on Wed­nes­day.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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