NANCY Pelosi claimed she was tricked into breaking coronavirus rules to get her hair done in a salon "set-up."
Pelosi was criticized for getting her hair done in a closed California salon on Monday without a mask – but now, she wants the hairdressers to apologize.
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On Wednesday, the House Speaker said the whole thing was a "set-up," claiming the owner of eSalon, Erica Kious, misled her.
“I think that this salon owes me an apology, for setting me up,” Pelosi told reporters at an event in San Francisco’s Noe Valley.
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times when they said we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time."
Pelosi maintained that her regular stylist who comes to her home was unavailable so she contacted the salon in question, who said one customer at a time was ok.
Donald Trump has since vowed to "send Nancy Pelosi packing" as she was caught flouting COVID rules at the hair salon, with her mask around her neck.
The president issued a stinging rebuke of the House Speaker on Twitter on Wednesday morning, calling out her supposed hypocrisy.
"Crazy Nancy Pelosi is being decimated for having a beauty parlor opened, when all others are closed, and for not wearing a Mask – despite constantly lecturing everyone else," he raged.
"We will almost certainly take back the House, and send Nancy packing!
His comments come after startling security footage obtained by Fox News showed Pelosi walking through the San Francisco salon with wet hair – and without a face covering.
The eSalon stylist can be seen following her wearing a black face mask.
The images sparked outrage among conservatives who were quick to point out Pelosi – who has slammed the president for not wearing a mask – was breaking the city's COVID guidelines.
"Do as I say, not as I do," tweeted White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
"Speaker Pelosi has pushed policies that would keep our economy closed and our small businesses shut down," Senate Republicans tweeted.
"But for herself? A salon visit whenever she pleases."
The Conservative group @ReaganBattalion wrote: "Your child can't go to school, your business has been forced closed for months … but @SpeakerPelosi's hair will be made, because her hair is more essential than your life."
Salons in the city had been closed since March and were only notified that they could reopen on September 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only.
The salon owner told Fox that she has independent stylists who work for her and rent out chairs in her salon.
Kious said: "One of the stylists who rents a chair from me contacted me Sunday night."
According to the outlet, the message said: "I'll be there at 2:45 tomorrow. Pelosi assistant just messaged me to do her hair" to which Kious replied "Pelosi?"
"I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?" Kious told the outlet.
"It was a slap in the face that she [Pelosi] went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work."
Kious added that she "can't believe" that Pelosi was not wearing a mask and added: "We're supposed to look up to this woman, right? It is just disturbing."
Kious also said that Pelosi received a wash and blow-dry, but said that "you're not supposed to blow dry hair," according to the coronavirus safety guidelines.
"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.
"I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen. I am a single mom, I have two small children, and I have no income."
She added: "The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face."
The images are particularly shocking as the House Speaker has regularly slammed the president for not wearing a mask.
She has also cited CDC guidelines recommending Americans wear face masks in public, especially when physical distancing measures are difficult.
This week, she said Trump "slapped science right in the face" by allowing a huge audience – many of whom weren't wearing masks – on the White House lawn to watch his Republican National Convention speech.
After the president was pictured not wearing a mask in May, Pelosi described it as "a vanity thing, I guess, with him."
In July, Pelosi announced all members will be required to wear a mask when voting on the House floor.
Failure to wear would be "serious breach of decorum" for which members could be removed from the chamber, she warned
"It's a sign of respect for the health, safety and well-being of others present in the chamber and in surrounding areas," she said.
Pelosi's spokesman insisted she was complying with the rules as told to her.
"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," said Drew Hammill in a statement.
"The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment."
More than 5,000 businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area alone have closed since March, over 2,000 of them permanently, during the pandemic.
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