I am amazed at the level of hypocrisy and immaturity displayed by 80-year-old Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who refuses to take responsibility for her own actions after being caught on tape this week doing the unthinkable – having her hair styled at a salon…without a face mask!
I feel silly making such a statement. But that’s where we are in this day and time. And while most states and cities have at least begun to move out of COVID tyranny, California is another story. Just take a look at San Francisco, Pelosi’s political district.
Since nearly everyone utilizes the services of barbers and hair salons, residents are keenly aware of San Francisco’s city-wide ordinances that keep them from functioning – from complete lockdowns to restrictions that limit the operations to the great outdoors.
This story is ridiculous from so many angles, it is difficult to find a starting point.
Pelosi was questioned by reporters after security camera footage was released showing her moving about the eSalon in San Francisco without a mask earlier this week. Her explanation was void of any hint of contrition:
“I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times. When they said they were able to accommodate people one person at a time, I trusted that. As it turns out – it was a setup. So, I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”
She takes responsibility for falling for a setup? Really? What she means is that she has regret – not for utilizing a business acting outside the bounds of the city ordinance, but for getting caught doing so.
Does anyone actually believe Pelosi was unaware of the restriction? Does the most powerful, female, political figure in the country now depend on the word of a cosmetologist to communicate the method for properly applying or overriding a city regulation?
Of course, she knew the salon was officially closed, and that she was going in undercover. But she didn’t know she would not remain “undercover.” She didn’t expect that a salon doing business in secrecy would put itself at risk by exposing her. After all, they were “partners in crime.”
Just a month earlier, Pelosi mandated masks be worn by all members and staff when in the hall of the House of Representatives. It even came with a threat: “The chair would also like to remind members that the speaker has the authority to direct the sergeant at arms to remove a member from the floor as a matter of decorum.”
Now, Jonathan DeNardo, the stylist who worked on Pelosi’s hair, has acquired an attorney who released a statement Wednesday. The stylist claimed he secured permission from eSalon’s owner, Erica Kious, for Pelosi’s visit. He also claimed the business had been secretly operating for months while under orders to refrain from opening the doors for business.
He claims she was “almost forcing” him and other stylists to violate such orders for her own financial benefit. One would assume, however, that DeNardo received his own financial benefit for the services he offered to his multi-millionaire client. He conveniently left that out of the statement.
We definitely have a pattern here:
“Whatever you do, do not take responsibility for your own actions. Blame someone else! And do it quickly!”
The attorney’s statement claimed that Kious “is furthering a set-up of Speaker Pelosi for her own vain aspirations” and that his client “wishes to move forward with his efforts to earn an income and asks that his privacy be respected during this time.”
So many double standards exist in this story, it is difficult to maintain focus.
Kious, a single mother and small business owner, has, according to DeNardo’s attorney, “vain aspirations” because she is allegedly willing to break the rules in order to support herself and her family. Call that vanity if you must!
But the reason for Pelosi’s disregard for the rules had nothing to do with supporting a family or providing jobs for others. Do you think she’s lost a single dollar through this ordeal? Pelosi broke the rules she has pushed on her underlings with an iron fist for an altogether different reason – to have her hair styled! That, my friend, is the definition of vanity.
Meanwhile, Kious put herself on the line to reveal the hypocrisy of Pelosi – so that others will see that they are being duped and will begin to stand up for their rights. If an elite can exercise the freedom to enter a salon and then choose whether she will don a face mask or not, why shouldn’t everyone else have the right to choose for themselves as well?