CNN host Don Lemon has called for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to apologize after she attended a hair salon in San Francisco in violation of state and local coronavirus-relation lockdown orders.
Pelosi reportedly initiated contact with the ESalonSF, requesting a wash and blow-out from one of the independent stylists. Afraid to turn away such a high-profile client, the salon complied with the request.
The salon’s security camera footage captured Pelosi walking about without wearing a personal protect face mask, another violation.
The news story quickly went viral and caused an uproar online. People pointed to Pelosi’s blatant disregard for the coronavirus restrictions.
The California Democrat responded by blaming the hair salon for accepting her as a patron.
Lemon criticized the House Speaker and said her ignorance is no excuse.
She should know by now what is and is not allowed during the pandemic.
“Take this, the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that she was set up after she was seen not wearing a face mask at a San Francisco hair salon. The business owner shared this video of Pelosi inside the salon, not wearing a mask, as she walks from one room to another. Not wearing a mask and having haircuts indoors against the rules there,” Lemon said, per Breitbart News. “The House speaker says a salon staff member told her one appointment at a time was allowed inside the building.”
“So, the speaker of the House is blaming the salon after she didn’t wear a mask indoors. Tonight, the salon owner is denying it was a setup,” Lemon continued via the Washington Examiner. “Regardless, this far into the pandemic, the House speaker should know what is safe and what isn’t. We should all know. It’s our responsibility. Instead of claiming a setup, would have been just as easy for the speaker to say, ‘You know what? I messed up. I should have worn a mask indoors.'”
“This far into the pandemic, the House Speaker should know what is safe and what isn’t … Instead of claiming a setup, would have been just as easy for the Speaker to say, you know what — I messed up.” – @DonLemon on Nancy Pelosi calling controversial salon incident a “setup.” pic.twitter.com/5dhbFXjY6f
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) September 3, 2020
The Washington Examiner reports:
The San Francisco Department of Public Health issued a series of directives to enforce social distancing, which includes limiting local business practices. “Indoor Personal Care Services are not allowed, but Directive 2020-23 allows Outdoor Personal Services and was released on September 1,” the department wrote, describing the order. “Indoor preliminary guidance was released on July 1, 2020 to help businesses prepare.”
Erica Kious, the salon’s owner, described the visit and subsequent comment as a “slap in the face.”
“We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right?” she also said. “It is just disturbing.”
Pelosi defiantly doubled down on blaming the salon and said she trusted them. She also described the incident as a set-up.
“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 what we’re able to accommodate people, one person at a time, and that we can set up that time, I trusted that,” Pelosi said during a presser. “So, I take responsibility for falling for a setup. And that’s all I’m going to say on that.”
As the Washington Examiner reports, Pelosi also demanded the salon issue her an apology.