September 3, 2020

McEnany Blasts Pelosi: ‘Apparently, The Rules Don’t Apply’ To Her

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.

Salons in California are only permitted to open to serve customers outdoors due to the COVID-19 epidemic. But, “apparently the rules do not apply to Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” as McEnany put it.

“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.