San Francisco salon owner who exhibited Pelosi talks about losing her business a year later

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It’s been almost a year since former San Francisco salon owner Erica Kious shut down her business after exhibiting House Speaker. Nancy Pelosi for having her hair washed and blown despite coronavirus restrictions.

“I thought if I had lost my business, I would have lost it in an earthquake,” Kious said Tuesday at the launch event for Heritage Action’s Save Our Paychecks tour in Fresno. “I never thought I would have lost everything I worked for because of leftist politics. Here we go.”

Fox News obtained surveillance footage last summer of Pelosi visiting the salon for a hair wash and blow-dry, despite local orders keeping the salons closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pelosi, D-Calif. later claimed that she was “trapped”, which Kious denied.

“I never installed it. It was a lie. I’ve had cameras in there since I opened. I didn’t put them in there, I didn’t turn them on. They’re on. all the time, ”Kious said. , who noted she was traveling when she saw Pelosi’s video footage.

The previous owner said Pelosi was serviced by a freelance stylist who rented chairs in his living room. Kious said she decided to share the security camera now viral footage when she found the President inside without a mask in what she called a “hurtful” display of hypocrisy.

“I walked through the exact footage of her walking through my reception area without a mask,” Kious said Tuesday. “I literally felt like she took a knife and stabbed me in the stomach.… I know inside me that what she did was wrong, completely wrong.”

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Nearly 40,000 small businesses closed in California in September 2020, which was around the time of Pelosi’s visit, according to Heritage Action, a grassroots conservative organization. Thousands more have since closed.

Last September, Kious said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that she was shutting down for good after the tour controversy destroyed her business. She told host Tucker Carlson that she was attacked for exposing Pelosi.

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“I started getting a ton of phone calls, texts, emails, all of my reviews on Yelp… saying they were hoping I was going down and failing,” Kious told the era. “So just a lot of negativity towards my business.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Yael Halon contributed to this report

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