President Donald Trump jokingly suggested in a tweet Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should be replaced by the owner of the San Francisco salon that Pelosi says set her up.
“Nancy Pelosi says she got ‘set up’ by a Beauty Parlor owner,” Trump wrote. “Maybe the Beauty Parlor owner should be running the House of Representatives instead of Crazy Nancy?”
The remarks echoed a tweet the president published just an hour earlier that also blasted Pelosi for failing to wear a mask during her recent visit to San Francisco’s eSalon — a visit that Fox News released footage of earlier this week, prompting claims from Pelosi that she didn’t know the visit violated local ordinances and prompting criticism of the House speaker on the right and left.
“Slap in the face”
Crazy Nancy Pelosi said she was “set up” by the beauty parlor owner when she improperly had the salon opened (and didn’t wear a MASK!). Does anyone want a Speaker of the House who can be so easily SET UP?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2020
When news broke of Pelosi’s aristocratic visit to a closed hair salon, her office quickly issued a statement trying to save face.
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements,” it read, according to Fox. “This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business. The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”
The establishment’s owner — a single mother who has been struggling since the coronavirus pandemic hit, and with it, widespread lockdowns — blasted Pelosi in an interview with Fox, saying that her visit to the salon felt like a “slap in the face” by the House speaker, Fox reported.
“We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can’t — it’s a feeling — a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down,” Erica Fious, the owner of the eSalon but not the stylist who did Pelosi’s hair that day, said. “I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen… The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face.”
“Falling for the set-up”
Pelosi has since claimed that the salon set her up and pressed for an apology, according to The Hill.
“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 that we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time and that we could set up that time, I trusted that,” Pelosi told reporters Wednesday, as The Hill reported. “As it turns out, it was a set-up. So I take responsibility for falling for the set-up.”
She added: “I think that this salon owes me an apology for setting [me] up.”
Living by the same rules as her constituents? It seems Pelosi simply can’t remember to do that on her own.