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Pelosi takes heat over visit to San Francisco hair salon

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco).
(Associated Press )

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting heat over a solo hair salon visit in San Francisco at a time when California businesses are limited by concern over the coronavirus.

But Pelosi’s spokesman said she was complying with the rules as presented to her by eSalon.

For the record:

8:21 PM, Sep. 01, 2020An earlier version of this article misstated California’s policy on indoor haircuts. Indoor salons were allowed to reopen today in California barring local restrictions.

“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,” spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement. “The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”

Footage aired by Fox News Channel shows Pelosi, her mask around her neck rather than on her face, walking through the establishment. A stylist follows her, wearing a mask.

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The salon owner said she rents chairs to stylists, one of whom let her know in advance that Pelosi wanted a wash and a blow dry. Indoor hair salons in California were allowed to open Monday, though San Francisco has decided to wait until the end of the month. The owner said she considered the service “a slap in the face” to business owners who have been forced to close.

Conservatives pounced, casting Pelosi as a hypocrite.

“Speaker Pelosi has pushed policies that would keep our economy closed and our small businesses shut down. But for herself?” Senate Republicans tweeted. “A salon visit whenever she pleases.”

Pelosi says Republicans could help create the conditions to safely reopen if they would only “listen to the scientists.”

“Republicans are rejecting the funding needed for testing and tracing to crush the virus and safely reopen schools and the economy,” she wrote in a letter Friday to her Democratic colleagues.


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