House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was not all that impressed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to pass the blame on to the salon owner for her own bad judgement in breaking San Francisco’s coronavirus lockdown mandates. After the nation’s top Democrat was busted on camera walking through the salon with freshly-washed hair and an unmasked face, critics pounced, accusing her of using her elite status to patronize services still unavailable to her constituents. Pelosi reacted poorly, blaming the salon owner and (somehow) demanding an apology.
“The Speaker of the House is demanding an apology from a salon owner—a single mom—who has been forced to shut down her business for months,” tweeted McCarthy. “Pelosi’s privilege exposed her hypocrisy. Now, as usual, she’s trying to blame someone else for her failure.”
According to all parties involved, Pelosi’s assistant reached out to her usual stylist this weekend, asking for an appointment. The stylist, who rents space in Erica Kious’s eSalon, told the owner about the request, leaving Kious somewhat taken aback. She told Fox News that she was irate at the request, seeing as how she hasn’t been able to open her business to the public for months. Nonetheless, she apparently granted permission, because Pelosi showed up for her appointment as scheduled.
In remarks to reporters on Wednesday, Pelosi refused to apologize, saying only that she would “take responsibility for falling for a setup.”
“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, ‘Well, we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time, and that we can set up that time,’ I trusted that,” she said.
Pelosi’s demand for an apology from a woman who has been scraping by the make ends meet since the lockdowns began struck several Republicans as historic in its arrogant evil.
“The Marie Antoinette of the 21st century,” noted Donald Trump Jr.
Conservative writer Ben Shapiro also seized on the comparison: “The fact that Nancy Pelosi is blaming the salon owner for her own Marie Antoinette behavior is even more Marie Antoinette.”
But hey, her hair looks good, and isn’t that all that really matters?
Americans will hopefully not forget this episode the next time Pelosi gets on her high horse about the coronavirus and its associated restrictions. Like every public health official who came out in support of the BLM protests, she has squandered her last ounce of credibility.
Not that there was much left to squander.