TX salon owner: I stand with San Fran owner standing up to Pelosi
Friday, September 4, 2020
Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)
A salon owner in Texas, who defiantly opened her business and went to jail for doing so, is one of many speaking out after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ignored her state’s ongoing shutdown to visit a San Francisco salon.
“I can't even imagine what these business owners are going through in California,” Shelly Luther told Fox News. “I only stayed closed for one month.”
Thousands of California business owners have witnessed their lives turned upside down as their state enforces a shutdown that has decimated their livelihoods for half a year.
California salons have been told they can serve customers in an outside setting starting September 1 but Pelosi showed up August 31 at eSalon for a wash and blow-dry. She later accused owner Erica Kious (pictured above) of a “set-up” after the owner provided security camera footage of Pelosi to Fox News.
Pelosi, who is 80, has also been criticized for not wearing a face mask inside the business despite her demands for the public to do so. She has criticized fellow lawmakers for failing to do so on the floor of the House.
The hair stylist who served Pelosi, Jonathan DeNardo, is defending the powerful politician and insists that Kious did indeed set up Pelosi. A text exchange Kious provided to Fox, however, suggested she was informed by DeNardo that he had been contacted by Pelosi’s staff requesting a visit to the salon.
DeNardo also claimed, through an attorney, that Kious has been open for business despite the lockdown restrictions.
In a second Fox News appearance with Tucker Carlson, Kious said it was already "bad enough" for Speaker Pelosi to lie and falsely claim she was set up, and to hire a public relations firm to attack her and defame her name.
"But for Speaker Pelosi to frame herself as a victim, under a totally false narrative," said Kious, "while small businesses and workers all over California – the state she represents in Congress – suffer and struggle, just to survive, is beyond shameful."
Beyond accusations of ambushes and elite politicians, Kious has said the Bay Area has been devastated by the shutdowns. Many businesses are boarded up and their owners are never returning, she said.
California's unemployment rate broke records in April when it jumped to 15.5 percent, with 2.3 million out of work. News outlets from the state are reporting that number is hovering around 13 percent four months later.
Luther clearly took the side of Kious, the owner, in a separate Fox News interview.
“This doesn't surprise me at all,” she said of Pelosi’s behavior. “I mean, this is what we've come to expect from politicians these days. They're thinking that they're better than us and they can do whatever they want."
In a Twitter post, radio talk show host Jesse Kelly sarcastically praised Pelosi after he retweeted a video of the House Speaker claiming she “takes responsibility” only for being “set up” by the salon owner. She also demanded an apology.
“This is how it’s done, Republicans,” Kelly wrote. “Take note. Learn. She’s mastered it. Always attack. Never apologize. Never give an inch.”
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