White House Press Secretary opened her daily briefing Thursday with a scathing rebuke of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for evading local COVID-19 restrictions in her own district to get her hair done. Pelosi defends that she didn’t know she wasn’t allowed and that she was “set up” by the salon’s owner.
“She wants small businesses to stay shut down, but only reopen for her convenience,” McEnany said. “Do as I say, not as I do, says Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi is holding up $1.3 trillion in relief for the American people while giving special access to the very kind of small businesses that this money would support, businesses like this hair salon.”
McEnany cited an interview the salon’s business owner gave to Fox News host Tucker Carlson Wednesday night. During the interview, the owner, Erica Kious, clarified that she did not in fact “set up” the Speaker.
“To be honest, it was more hurtful. She’s been coming in for quite a while. Just to see her coming in, especially not wearing a mask, that’s what really got to me. You know, this isn’t even political… It’s the fact that she actually came in and didn’t have a mask on,” Kious explained.
She added, “And I just thought about, you know, about my staff and people not being able to work and make money, provide for their families. If she’s in there comfortably without a mask and feeling safe, why are we shut down? Why am I not able to have clients come in?”
Kious said her salon may never come back due to the costs of lockdowns and she’s received “nothing but hate and death threats” after the video of Pelosi in her salon was released this week.
McEnany said Pelosi left Washington before settling on a COVID business relief bill that could’ve served businesses like Kious’s and said President Donald Trump had to offer support in lieu of that.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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