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Douglas Andrews / September 11, 2020

The Mob Runs a Salon Owner Out of Town

Nancy Pelosi denies responsibility, deflects blame, and destroys a woman’s business.

Perhaps you heard: Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the victim of a setup — a clever scheme carried out by a San Francisco salon owner who lured the “master strategist” into her shop for a wash and a blow-dry in direct violation of local ordinances that had shuttered the city’s salons for months.

Equally unfortunate for the speaker was the security footage from the salon that showed “Her Brilliance” without a mask — and this despite her having been chirping in our ears for months about that very thing.

The speaker, though, immediately manned up and accepted (ahem) full responsibility: “I think that this salon owes me an apology for setting me up,” she nobly declared. “I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times. And when they said, ‘We’re able to accommodate people one person at a time,’ I trusted that.”

Clearly, the speaker’s only sin was having trusted the riffraff to keep quiet about her dishonesty, her double standards, and her sense of entitlement.

But before we get too full of ourselves, we should remember: It happened to “the most effective legislative mastermind and political tactician in modern history,” so it could happen to us. Any one of us. Even if we don’t have a $21,000 refrigerator-freezer pair stocked with $13-a-pint ice cream.

There but for the grace of a salon owner go we.

But just who is this salon owner, this small businessperson who’s since been set upon by the speaker’s mob? Erica Kious is her name, and she’s been run out of town. And therein lies the real story — the story that’s a lot more disturbing than the long-overdue unmasking of a sleazy, slimy, preening old pol from San Francisco.

“The hard part of all of this,” Kious told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson last week, “is that I have been in that community for 12 years. And since this happened, I have received nothing but hate. Text messages, death threats. They’re going to burn my hair salon down. My Yelp! page is just unbelievable with bad reviews.”

Thus, what California’s business-killing coronavirus lockdown started, Pelosi’s vicious mob finished. “I am actually done in San Francisco and closing my doors, unfortunately,” Kious said. On the bright side, however, a GoFundMe page created for her amid the controversy has so far collected more than $330,000. In addition, Kious, a single mother of two, has been invited by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem to open up shop in the Mount Rushmore State. One suspects this won’t be the only relocation offer she receives.

Kious tweeted a note of appreciation to all those anonymous folks who have rallied to her side. “I wish I could personally thank every person who sent me their prayers, words of encouragement and support, especially at a time when so many are struggling to make ends meet in their own lives,” she wrote. “I am very humbled and grateful to have received such an outpouring of kindness, empathy and generosity from people I don’t even know, and from all walks of life and all sides of the political spectrum.”

Suffice it to say that Erica Kious will be just fine. She’ll land on her feet despite the worst efforts of Pelosi’s mob. That’s in large part because she’s an attractive, resourceful, and well-connected young woman.

But what about the small business owners whose stores were looted, vandalized, or burned to the ground in Minneapolis, Seattle, St. Louis, or elsewhere? These are the anonymous victims not of a single spiteful person of privilege but of ruinous Democrat policies writ large. And, sadly, these victims don’t have GoFundMe pages, nor access to Tucker, nor relocation offers from sitting state governors.

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