House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that a video showing her maskless inside a hair salon in violation of local restrictions was a “setup,” The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Pelosi refused to apologize for visiting a salon that was supposed to be closed under pandemic restrictions and said she took responsibility for falling for a “setup.”
“I think that this salon owes me an apology, for setting me up,” she said.
Surveillance video obtained by Fox News showed Pelosi visiting the salon even though it was supposed to be closed at the time.
Pelosi blames salon:
Pelosi claimed that she was given an incorrect version of the rules even though local guidelines required the salon to be closed.
“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,” Pelosi said.
An attorney for the stylist who did Pelosi’s hair also said the salon reopened in April in violation of the rules and alleged that the owner had complained about the visit because of her “political leanings.”
Owner denies claim:
Salon owner Erica Kious denied Pelosi’s claim in an interview with Fox News.
"This isn't even political," she said. "She's been coming in there ... it's the fact that she actually came in, didn't have a mask on, and I just thought about my staff and people not being able to work and make money and provide for their families, and if she is in there comfortably without a mask and feeling safe, then why are we shut down? Why am I not able to have clients come in?"