(Tea Party PAC) – Earlier this week, salon owner Erica Kious released security footage that showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting her place of business, violating the lockdown rules, and without a mask. This footage has caused many, including some liberals in the mainstream media, to scold Pelosi for not practicing what she preaches.
However, there’s also been a lot of hatred being spewed toward Kious. As we’ve all come to expect from modern day liberals, death threats and hopes for her business to crash have been flooding in, along with half of her clientel abandoning the business and leaving it economically decimated.
Kious recently held a Zoom press conference on Thursday, responding to Pelosi’s claim the whole thing was a “set up” against her, stating the Speaker was lying and saying she should apologize to small business owners and workers who are struggling to make a living right now.
Pelosi was caught on surveillance camera attending Kious’s salon earlier this week for a private hair appointment indoors with a stylist, Jonathan DeNardo. San Francisco and Alameda counties are still not allowing salons to reopen indoors due to going coronavirus restrictions.
Pelosi was criticized for breaking rules her party created, and failing to lead by example.
A spokesperson for the Speaker said she did not know that she was breaking the rules, and blamed the salon for the violation.
On Wednesday, Pelosi doubled down, telling reporters she fell for a “setup” and that the salon owner should apologize to her.
The Pelosi camp energetically pushed the idea that Kious had acted out of political motives, circulating a letter from an attorney for DeNardo that accused Kious of operating her salon at other times during the shutdown, and of making “vitriolic and incendiary comments” about Pelosi. Pelosi’s daughter, Christine, posted the letter on Twitter with the hashtag “#Setup”.
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) September 3, 2020
Even CNN host Don Lemon wasn’t buying the whole “set up” line, saying whether it was or wasn’t, Pelosi knew better than to break the restrictions. This, of course, is exactly the point. But Pelosi, like many Democratic politicians, believes that these rules and laws are for the peons in society, not for an “elitist.”
On Thursday, Kious responded. She denied that there had been any setup, saying that Pelosi’s “assertion that she is a victim and was set up” was “totally false and outrageous.”
She said that she had lost six months’ of income due to the coronavirus shutdowns, but had allowed stylists to make appointments if they needed money.
Choking back tears, Kious added:
For the Speaker of the House of the United States to go on TV and falsely claim she was set up, and publicly defame me and send out PR firms to spin more lies … is bad enough, but for Speaker Pelosi to frame herself as a victim under a total false narrative while small businesses and workers all over California, the state she represents in Congress, suffer and struggle just to survive is beyond shameful.
I don’t owe anyone an apology; Mrs. Pelosi owes the entire country an apology.
A lot of folks have been wondering what Kious’ motive in releasing the footage might have been, but the salon owner made it clear she did so hoping that it would encourage Pelosi and other politicians to allow businesses to open their doors.
“If a woman in a high-risk age group who spends much of her time on TV warning about the dangers of COVID-19, feels safe an comfortably in a San Francisco salon, and can be responsible for being cautious and mindful, why can’t the rest of San Francisco, and the rest of America, do that too?”
She said that Pelosi was showing by her actions that the draconian rules were unnecessary for safety.
Our small businesses need to open their doors so that people can get back to living normal lives and provide for their families. This whole lockdown nonsense has damaged our economy, but we are making a comeback, though it is slow going at the moment.
Let’s hope things change for the better.