The mayor of San Francisco refused to say whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a fellow Democrat, flouted coronavirus rules with her visit to a hair salon earlier this week.
Mayor London Breed was pointedly asked, “Did Nancy Pelosi violate San Francisco’s health order?” during an interview on KCBS Radio.
She pivoted instead.
“So look, Nancy Pelosi has done so much for this city and even this country and in the midst of this pandemic and all the stuff that’s happening amidst this election, she is in Washington, DC, fighting against a tyrant every single day,” she said Wednesday, SF Gate reported.
Breed added, “We need to be focused on the issues and the fact that over 180,000 people have died in this country and we have a president that continues to divide us.”
Pelosi represents California’s 12th Congressional District, which encompasses San Francisco.
Leaked video shows the speaker getting her hair done at the closed eSalon — which she roamed without wearing a mask.
Salons have been closed in the city since March amid the coronavirus pandemic and reopened for outdoor service only on Sept. 1.
Pelosi, 80, refused to apologize for the salon jaunt, claiming she was “set up,” an accusation that salon owner Erica Kious denied.
A spokesman for Pelosi has said she followed the rules laid out by her stylist, Jonathan DeNardo, who told her salons were allowed to have one customer inside at a time.
Breed said the “blown up” hairdo debacle has “distracted from the real issue.”
DeNardo also defended Pelosi, saying Kious outed the career politician “for her own vain aspirations.”
Kious said she released the video to point out Pelosi’s alleged hypocrisy.
“I just thought about my staff and people not being able to work and make money and provide for their families, and if she is in there comfortably without a mask and feeling safe, then why are we shut down?” she said Wednesday night. “Why am I not able to have clients come in?”
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