It isn’t the Chinese virus that is causing the most anxiety these days, it is the utter, crushing hypocrisy of the ruling political class. They continue with all of life’s luxuries even as they play games with the livelihoods of Americans.
Enter Nancy Pelosi, who has clearly never stopped getting those fillers, make-up sessions and cosmetic procedures. She’s also never stopped having her hair done even as her own state continues to ban indoor salon services and limit businesses of all stripes across California.
Fox News has received video footage of the Speaker of the House walking through a San Francisco salon with wet hair and a stylist cape. She also was not wearing a mask over her mouth and nose, despite her public insistence that masks should be worn everywhere if Americans want to stop the virus. California currently has a mask mandate for all indoor activity outside of the home. There are no exceptions, not even for gyms and workout facilities.
The owner of eSalon, Erica Kious, told Fox news that one of her stylists who rents a chair in the salon had texted her on Sunday night to explain that she would be in to use the facility as Pelosi had just called her for a hair appointment.
Salon owner Erica Kious, in a phone interview with Fox News on Tuesday, shared details of Pelosi’s visit. Kious explained she has independent stylists working for her who rent chairs in her salon.
“One of the stylists who rents a chair from me contacted me Sunday night,” Kious said.
A screengrab of the text message she received from one of her stylists, and obtained by Fox News, said: “I’ll be there at 2:45 tomorrow. Pelosi assistant just messaged me to do her hair.”
In security footage obtained by Fox News, and timestamped Monday at 3:08 p.m. Pacific Time, the California powerhouse is seen walking through eSalon in San Francisco with wet hair, and without a mask over her mouth or nose.
This is @SpeakerPelosi
She wants to keep your businesses locked down, but she also wants to get her hair done.
She won’t let you go to work but she doesn’t care because she’s getting paid.
She wants to force you to wear a mask, but she doesn’t wear one.
Noticing a pattern? pic.twitter.com/fSEc8vlKeY
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 1, 2020
Kious was flabbergasted by the hypocrisy.
“I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?” Kious told Fox News, while noting that she “can’t control” what her stylists do if they rent chairs from her, as “they’re not paying” at this time.
Kious cast Pelosi’s visit as a double standard.
“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 told Fox News, adding that she “can’t believe” the speaker didn’t have a mask on. (From the footage, it appears Pelosi had some kind of covering around her neck.)
“We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right?” Kious said. “It is just disturbing.”
The salon owner went on to tell Fox News that despite blow drying being a banned activity per COVID restrictions, Pelosi received a wash and a blow-dry. Kious was says she felt “deflated” watching the footage.
“We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can’t – it’s a feeling – a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down,” Kious said.
“I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen,” she explained. “I am a single mom, I have two small children, and I have no income.”
She added: “The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face.”
There were rules and regulations to go by to safely reopen, which I did, but I was still not allowed to open my business,” she said, noting that she installed plexiglass partitions between sinks and seating areas, and ensured that all salon chairs were six feet apart, along with proper air circulation from open windows.
“They never let us open,” she said, while adding that she is unable to reopen outside because her salon specializes in hair color, and using chemicals outside is prohibited.
Of course this is nothing new. Even as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has kept the city shuttered and scolded Chicagoans for conducting business she has availed herself of salon services. She also has ordered police to leave protesters alone while simultaneously ordering her own street blocked off so protesters cannot approach her home. These are just a couple of examples in a string of hypocritical moves by Democrat leaders who continue to demand the economy stay shuttered as Americans watch their businesses crumble.
Kious said that the area where her salon is located has turned into “a third world country,” saying that “every other storefront is completely vacant and shut down and boarded up.”
“And because of the shutdown, and the store closures, we’ve lost people, my clients, and my employees, and that is due to the politics in San Francisco,” she said, adding that the homeless population is “everywhere” and “defecating” all over the city.
“It has gotten so extreme,” she said. “It is so night and day from what it was a year ago, that everyone is fleeing.”
With news today that Oregon Governor Kate Brown will be extending their state’s State of Emergency Orders to…wait for it…November 3rd, there can be no other conclusion that the Democrat Party has made COVID into a political bludgeon in the desperate hope that killing the economy will defeat Donald Trump.
They aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.
EDIT: Pelosi’s staff responded on Tuesday afternoon, saying she didn’t know she’d done anything wrong.
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements. This business offered for the Speaker to come in on 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,” said Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Pelosi.