Gov. Kristi Noem has invited a San Francisco salon owner to move to South Dakota after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blamed her for a “setup.”
“My heart goes out to Erika. As a former female small business owner, I can only imagine how crushing these last few months have been. And now THIS!?” Noem tweeted. “Erika, if you want to run your salon in a state that respects Freedom and won’t shut you down, then South Dakota is open for you.”
My heart goes out to Erika. As a former female small business owner, I can only imagine how crushing these last few months have been. And now THIS!?
Erika, if you want to run your salon in a state that respects Freedom and won't shut you down, then South Dakota is open for you. https://t.co/la6CD5LScC
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) September 3, 2020
Noem was reacting to Erica Kious, the owner of eSalon, who appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight. Kious said that there was “no way” that this was a setup, and cameras had been installed in the salon for years. She said Pelosi’s visit was “hurtful” in light of the large swathes of service businesses being shut down in San Francisco.
“It’s the fact that she actually came in and didn’t have a mask on, and I just thought about, you know, my staff and people not being able to work and make money and provide for their families,” Kious said. “And if she is in there comfortably without a mask and feeling safe, then why are we shut down? Why am I not able to have clients come in?”
South Dakota was one of a handful of states that did not implement lockdown measures. Noem defended her decision, writing that “the mainstream media attack those who push for freedom and for people to be able to make the best decisions for their families. But politicians who take away people’s freedoms and enforce lockdowns are praised — and shielded from real scrutiny.”
Pelosi visited the San Francisco salon in August against local coronavirus regulations. Video shows the speaker walking through the salon without using a mask.
Kious said the appointment was a “slap in the face” to business owners, whose doors have been closed since March. Pelosi’s hair was washed and blow-dried, but Kious said the blow-out was prohibited by COVID-19 rules.
Pelosi called the leaked video a “setup” and argued that the salon owed her an apology.
“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. “So I take responsibility for falling for a setup … I think this salon owes me an apology for setting up.”
Author: Carly Ortiz-Lytle
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘South Dakota is open’: Noem invites San Francisco salon owner blamed by Pelosi to live in ‘freedom’