Christine Pelosi, the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), released a letter from a law firm on Wednesday, Sept. 2, doubling down on her mother’s claim that the maskless, indoor hair appointment at a San Fransisco salon was a “set up.”
The letter from attorney Matthew Soleimanpour was on behalf of Jonathan De Nardo, a California cosmetologist who provided stylist services to Nancy Pelosi on Monday.
The letter accused eSalon owner Erica Kious of setting up De Nardo, saying that De Nardo had received approval from Kious to book an appointment with Pelosi. It also accused Kious and her salon of a historical violation of COVID-19 mandates since the shutdown.
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) September 3, 2020
Pelosi, who has urged Americans to wear a mask, follow CDC guidelines, has faced criticism after surveillance video surfaced of her without a mask on during the appointment at the eSalon, which violated health guidelines in the city.
Kious said that Pelosi’s visit was a “slap in the face” considering she has been unable to open her business for months due to lockdown restrictions. Pelosi on Wednesday complained that the salon set her up and said that the owner owes her an apology.
After being closed for months, salons in San Francisco were allowed to start reopening on Tuesday, Sept. 1, a day after Pelosi’s visit, for outdoor service, according to San Francisco’s health department.
Kious dismissed Pelosi’s claim on Fox News Wednesday night, saying the idea that she set Pelosi up was “absolutely false.” She said she rents salon chairs to stylists and “can’t control” what her stylists do if they rent chairs since they’re currently “not paying.”
“She’s been coming in for quite a while, and just to see her come in and especially not wearing the mask, that’s what really got to me, but this isn’t even political. I mean, she’s been coming in there. It’s the fact that she actually came in and didn’t have a mask on,” Kious said. “And I just thought about you know my staff and people not being able to work and make money and provide for their families, and if she’s 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?”
Kious said she has received “death threats” because of Pelosi’s actions and that might force her and her two children “to leave the community she’s serviced for 12 years.”
CNN’s Don Lemon offered a rare criticism of Pelosi’s actions, saying that Pelosi should know better than blaming a small business owner for something she should have been more careful about.
“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,” he said.
President Donald Trump on Thursday floated the idea of Kious running for the House and taking over Pelosi’s position.
“Nancy Pelosi says she got ‘set up’ by a Beauty Parlor owner. Maybe the Beauty Parlor owner should be running the House of Representatives instead of Crazy Nancy?” he tweeted.
Nancy Pelosi says she got “set up” by a Beauty Parlor owner. Maybe the Beauty Parlor owner should be running the House of Representatives instead of Crazy Nancy?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2020