SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A petition is gaining traction as thousands of people sign, calling for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be prosecuted for COVID-19 “violations” after she was seen in a hair salon that was ordered closed by the California governor and she was without a mask.
.@PressSec Kayleigh McEnany: "We found Nancy Pelosi going into her hair salon. We will be playing the video on loop for all of you to see during the duration of this introduction…Apparently the rules do not apply to Speaker Nancy Pelosi."
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 3, 2020
According to reports, more than 17,000 people have already signed the petition. The petition needs 25,000 signatures to urge San Francisco Police Chief William Scott to move forward and prosecute the California Democrat.
Petition To Prosecute Nancy Pelosi For ‘COVID Violations’ Goes Viral
Thousands of people call for House Speaker to be prosecuted https://t.co/9njzVBjTAb
— 🇺🇸𝗨𝗦 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗲🇺🇸 (@USMCMIL03) September 11, 2020
In addition to the petition, there is a letter addressed to Scott saying:
“Laws aren’t just for the ‘little people.’ Not only did Nancy Pelosi knowingly violate health ordinances, but just destroyed a business because she couldn’t take an ounce of responsibility. At a very minimum, Nancy Pelosi must be prosecuted by San Francisco for her flaunting of COVID regulations. Now!”
The premise of Pelosi’s defense of using a closed hair salon is that she may be the Speaker of the House and a longtime San Francisco resident but it’s not her job to know the city’s Covid 19 rules.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) September 3, 2020
In video surveillance obtained by Fox News, Pelosi can be seen walking through the eSalon in San Francisco without a mask. Pelosi has loudly voiced her support for “full” lockdowns over COVID-19 and continually advocates for a national mask policy. It seems a national mandate would be “optional” for her, since she violated California’s entire state mask mandate.
The 81-year-old career politician took her time in coming up with a “defense” to why she was at a closed salon without a mask during a nationwide pandemic. She claims, it was all a setup.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times and when they said, ‘We’re able to accommodate people one person at a time,’ I trusted that.”
She then added:
“So, I take responsibility for falling for a setup and that’s all I’m going to say on that. I think that this salon owes me an apology, for setting me up.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she was misled in thinking it was OK to make a solo visit to a hair salon in San Francisco. Critics, including President Trump, are asking why she didn't know the coronavirus-related rules in her home city. https://t.co/eebgCTP2ar
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 3, 2020
ESalonSF owner Erica Kious appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and denied Pelosi’s claim of being a victim of a “setup” as being “absolutely false.” She said that Pelosi was serviced by an independent stylist who rents chairs in her salon.
Kious said that she decided to share the now-viral security camera footage when she saw Pelosi indoors without a mask in what she called a “hurtful” display of hypocrisy amid the widely spread and deadly coronavirus pandemic.
“There was no way I could’ve set that up. I’ve had a camera system in there for five years. I mean, I didn’t go in there and turn cameras on as soon as she walked in and set her up. So, that is absolutely false.”
Tucker Carlson on Pelosi saying she was ‘set up’ by hair salon: “Yet another self-centered rich lady blaming the help for her mistakes.” pic.twitter.com/Gy4Reji81M
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) September 3, 2020
She said that due to the incident she is closing her salon doors. She said:
“I started to get a ton of phone calls, text messages, emails, all my Yelp reviews saying that they hope I go under and that I fail. So, just a lot of negativity towards my business.”
“I’m actually afraid to go back just because of the messages and emails I’ve been getting. It’s a little scary and sad. I do have a lot of positive calls and text messages from clients, but other than that nothing but negativity.”
Kious does have supporters helping her, and a GoFundMe page has also been set up which has already reached its goal of $300,000.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she takes "responsibility for falling for a setup" following an acknowledgment from her office she had gotten her hair styled inside a hair salon, an apparent violation of San Francisco's Covid-19 safety regulations https://t.co/B2BmhBOXf6
— CNN (@CNN) September 3, 2020
According to reports, salons in San Francisco had been closed for months, but were allowed to start reopening for outdoor service the day after Pelosi’s visit. In California, face masks are always required during approved services and required statewide when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Pelosi’s office said in a statement:
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements. This business offered the Speaker to come in on a Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business. The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”
President Trump also criticized Pelosi in an online tweet:
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi is being decimated for having a beauty parlor opened, when all others are closed and for not wearing a mask, despite constantly lecturing everyone else. We will almost certainly take back the House and send Nancy packing!”
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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today for more about Pelosi’s hair salon visit:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Protesters that do not buy Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that she was unaware of going into a salon was a violation of the stay at home order given by the Governor showed up around her house. The peaceful protesters did not commit vandalism nor burned any flags.
Instead, this group hung up blow dryers in the trees outside of her home.
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
On September 3rd, over twelve women showed up at the Speaker’s residence wearing curlers and wrapped in plastic smocks to voice their peaceful displeasure. The group was unhappy with the double standard Pelosi showed when she went to get her hair taken care of against the current lockdown orders given by the Governor.
HAIR DRYER PROTEST:
Protestors gather outside of @SpeakerPelosi house in #SanFrancisco. They chant about freedom and place hair dryers on a tree.
WATCH 4PM Press Conference from SF eSalon Owner Respond to Pelosi on #CBSNBayArea at https://t.co/peHOt8n9a9 pic.twitter.com/BsKCIhQk8b
— Bobby Tooke (@BobbyKPIX) September 3, 2020
Videos of the protest were posted on social media which showed the group placing the hair dryers and curlers into trees around Pelosi’s home.
The group also gave speeches and criticized her visit saying that it was hypocritical.
One of the protesters said:
“I just want to say one thing to Nancy Pelosi: Get out of the salon and get back to work and pass a Covid relief bill in Washington. Work with the Republicans, work with the Democrats, work with the independents, we don’t care. Get the job done.”
— Jessica Christian (@jachristian) September 3, 2020
The incident came to light recently, as reported by LET in which an assistant to Pelosi contacted the salon and requested an appointment. The stylist was not sure what to do and contacted her boss who did not know.
The end result was Pelosi, third in line for the presidency, showed up for her appointment.
Pelosi claims that the salon contacted her and told her they were allowed to accommodate one person inside at a time. While that excuse may be believable for the average person, someone who is as powerful as Pelosi certainly knows better.
Not to mention, she actively advocates for the shutdown of the United States over the pandemic.
— Jessica Christian (@jachristian) September 3, 2020
Many people were upset over Pelosi after this incident was reported, especially other salon workers who have been forced to close since the order came out. Although salons were allowed to open on August 31st, they were only allowed to perform services outside and patrons were required to wear a mask.
Something of which Pelosi, in her position, should be knowledgeable.
Wait a minute pic.twitter.com/PqP6NMqSer
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) September 2, 2020
After Pelosi’s team initially denied that the Speaker did not wear a mask and followed all protocols while indoors, they quickly changed course when the video surveillance was given to Fox News. Now, Pelosi is saying that she was “setup” by the salon and still denies she knew her going inside was against the regulations.
“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 they could accommodate people one person at a time and that we could set up that time, I trust that.
“As it turns out, it was a setup. So, I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”
Erica Kious denies that there was any setup involved regarding Pelosi’s visit and told Fox News that she does not owe any apology to the Speaker of the House.
“Mrs. Pelosi owes the entire country an apology. If America goes in front of Congress and lies, they go to jail. But apparently, when the most powerful woman in the world lies to America, we owe her an apology.”
President Donald Trump weighed in on the “Hairgate Scandal” with a tweet, saying:
“Does anyone want a Speaker of the House who can be so easily SET UP?”
On September 3rd, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany played the Pelosi salon surveillance video during the briefing.
She then told reporters:
“Apparently, the rules do not apply to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She wants small businesses to stay shut down but only reopen for her convenience.”
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