U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attracted some criticism this week when leaked security camera footage showed her inside a San Francisco hair salon without a mask — in apparent violation of local ordinances.
She made matters worse by not only refusing to apologize for her behavior, but also claiming that she had been “set up” by the salon’s owner, as reported by Breitbart.
“Trusting the word of a neighborhood salon”
Her controversial remarks came in the wake of outrage over the footage revealing her appointment with an independent stylist who leases a chair at the business, according to reports.
The following day, a rule change allowed for personal services — including those received at a hair salon — to be provided outdoors, provided masks are worn in accordance with citywide mandates.
Pelosi reportedly made an arrangement with the stylist for a one-on-one appointment, which she referenced when asked about the situation while speaking to reporters in San Francisco on Wednesday.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the 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,” she said.
Instead of an accommodation, however, Pelosi claimed the service provider actually had more a more sinister motive.
“I take responsibility for falling for a setup”
“As it turns out, it was a setup,” she continued. “So I take responsibility for falling for a setup, and that’s all I’m going to say on that.”
A reporter pressed her on her remarks, asking if she believed she owed the salon owner an apology. She remained defiant, asserting that she thinks she thinks the business should apologize to her.
Pelosi continued to repeat her claim that she was set up, but salon owner Erica Kious denied any such intentions. She said she merely released the video as part of a continued effort to reopen her business.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany highlighted the clip and said the House speaker “ought to apologize” to the American people.
The American people probably shouldn’t hold their breath.