This is enough to make anyone scrunch up their hair in confusion.
Despite ongoing local coronavirus rules barring indoor personal-care services, earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got her hair done at a San Francisco salon. Security footage obtained by local news shows the California Democrat walking through Salon SF, located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, in the late afternoon.
Pelosi can be seen wearing a black smock with her wet locks slicked back, but what had most people talking is the fact that she no mask on her face. Since the footage came out, Pelosi has drawn accusations of hypocrisy. She issued a statement but refused to apologize for breaking not one but two of the city’s regulations. Instead, Pelosi called the event a “set up” and even went as far as to demand an apology from the small salon business.
Pelosi claimed to have been the victim of an elaborately planned operation by the salon.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to … many times,” she told reporters at an unrelated press briefing in San Francisco. “It was a set up. I take responsibility for falling for a set up.”
The California democrat went on to say that the salon should acknowledge their error, saying, “ I think that this salon owes me an apology.”
Hair salons and barbershops in San Francisco were forced to halt operations in March. Officials finally gave the OK to reopen on Monday, but for outdoor service only. For salons, it means that they are relegated to conducting business outside. Moreover, both clients and workers must wear masks at all times.
When questioned about her own regulations, Pelosi responded on Wednesday with, “I don’t wear a mask when I’m washing my hair.”
Salon owner Erica Kious called the congresswoman’s visit “a slap in the face.” It was Kious who notified the media of Pelosi’s visit.