Nancy Pelosi is responding to sharp criticism after the House Speaker received a shampoo and blow dry at an indoor salon in San Francisco earlier this week in violation of health orders from the city's Department of Public Health.
At a news conference Wednesday, the Democrat said when she was told the salon could accommodate one person at a time, she trusted that, but "as it turns out, it was a setup." Security footage from eSalon on Union St. showed Pelosi with wet hair inside and what appears to be a face mask around her neck.
"So I take responsibility for falling for a setup," Pelosi added.
The salon's owner, Erica Kious, told Fox News that an independent stylist saw Pelosi at around 3 p.m. Monday, adding the visit was “a slap in the face that she 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."
Pelosi's staff fired back.
"The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements," Pelosi's Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill said in the statement. Hammill wrote that the salon advised Pelosi that one customer was allowed inside at a time and that she complied with the salon’s instructions.
Pelosi's stylist, Jonathan DeNardo, reportedly rents the chair from the salon's owner.
DeNardo released a statement to KCBS Radio late Wednesday, claiming he did have permission from Kious to schedule the Speaker's appointment. The statement also accuses Kious of operating eSalon, despite San Francisco and statewide health orders, as far back as April.
San Francisco attorney and Republican National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon told KPIX-5 this is another example of the "rich and powerful" doing what they want.
"Nancy Pelosi has done so much for this city and even this country," Breed said. "In the midst of this pandemic and all the stuff that's happening around this election, she is in Washington, D.C. fighting against a tyrant every single day."
KCBS Radio has reached out to Kious for comment, but has not yet heard back.
Hair salons have been closed since March and outdoor service was allowed starting Tuesday.