President Trump on Thursday quipped during his campaign rally in Pennsylvania that he would like the hair salon owner who House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accuse of “setting her up” to run for the House of Representatives.
“I watched Nancy Pelosi. “You must wear your mask. You have to wear your mask, and we’re going to keep every beauty salon closed in California and all over the country,” Trump said at the campaign rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania Thursday night. “Then I see a picture. I say, ‘Nancy Pelosi. Well, where’s the mask?’”
Trump said he was shocked that the salon owner leaked the security footage Pelosi massless during her salon visit.
“She must have treated that beauty salon owner pretty badly. She uses the salon and the salon turned her in?” Trump said. “She made them open, and the salon turned her in and the salon did business with her. How much do they hate Nancy Pelosi? Then she made a terrible mistake because you want people that can’t be set up. She said, “I was set up. I was set up by the salon owner. I was set up.”
The president went on to add that if Pelosi was “set up,” she shouldn’t “be leading the House,” for she is the highest representative “overrated person” in this country.
“If she was set up, then she shouldn’t be leading the House of Representatives. I want the salon owner to lead the House of Representatives,” Trump said. “She set up the Speaker of the House. That was a big mistake. As soon as I heard, she said, ‘Well, she’s set me up,’ Nancy, you’re not supposed to get set up. You’re representing our country.
“You know what she should have done honestly? She should have said, “I made a mistake, sorry,” and nobody would be talking about, this is like the biggest story. This is the big, crazy Nancy, highly overrated person,” Trump added.
Trump has seized on this news that was barely reported on until Pelosi spoke about the backlash.
“Nancy Pelosi says she got ‘set up’ by a Beauty Parlor owner,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “Maybe the Beauty Parlor owner should be running the House of Representatives instead of Crazy Nancy?”
In another tweet, he wrote: “Crazy Nancy Pelosi said she was ‘set up’ by the beauty parlor owner when she improperly had the salon opened (and didn’t wear a MASK!),” Trump tweeted Thursday. “Does anyone want a Speaker of the House who can be so easily SET UP?”
Pelosi has faced heavy criticism this week after video footage exposed the California Democrat hypocrisy. The video shows the California Democrat who is an outspoken advocate of mask-wearing “comfortably” roaming the salon with wet hair, wearing a salon black robe, but not wearing a facial mask to cover her mouth or nose.
At the time of Pelosi’s appointment, salons in San Francisco had been closed since March amid the coronavirus pandemic and were allowed to reopening a day after the Speaker’s visit to operate for outdoor hairstyling services only.
The Speaker addressed the controversy, claiming to have been “set up” and demanded an apology from the salon owner.
“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 what we’re able to accommodate people, one person at a time. And that we can set up that time. I trusted that,” Pelosi said at a press conference in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon. “As it turns out – it was a setup. I think that this salon owes me an apology for setting me up.”
The salon owner, Erica Kious responded to Pelosi’s claim on Fox News Wednesday night, saying the accusation that she was a victim of a “set up” are “absolutely false” and explained how the Speaker was able to obtain an appointment despite the stringent lockdowns imposed in the San Francisco area.
“She had called a stylist in, or her assistant did and made the appointment, so the appointment was already booked, so there was no way I could’ve set that up,” Kious said. “I’ve had a camera system in there for five years. I mean, I didn’t go in there and turn cameras on as soon as she walked in and set her up. So that is absolutely false.”
Kious responded in a phone interview with Fox News late Thursday to the commander-in-chief’s call, saying she was flattered to hear the President talk about this issue, but declined to take the offer to run for office as her hands are full amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I see how hard the president fights for America and it has inspired me to do what is right for the people in my industry and small businesses everywhere,” Kious said. “I never expected all of this, but the House I am focused on right now is the House with two little girls under 10, with social-distanced learning. But I appreciate the sentiment.”
Kious added: “But he is my president and I will do what I need to do.”
Earlier during a White House Press Briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany kicked off the briefing by playing the video footage on a loop, saying the House speaker “ought to apologize” to Americans.
“Nancy Pelosi was not in the halls of Congress when I asked where she was, she was not working in good faith to make a deal for the American people,” McEnany said during a White House briefing. “Nope, Nancy Pelosi was found in San Francisco, at a hair salon, where she was indoors, even though salons in California are only open for outdoor service.”
“Nancy Pelosi, you ought to apologize to the American people or better yet come back to Washington and get to work for hard-working Americans like this salon owner who you maligned and demanded an apology from,” McEnany added.