San Francisco mayor defends Nancy Pelosi over maskless hair salon visit as she brands Trump a 'terrorist and dictator'

THE mayor of San Francisco has called for Californiansto "move on" from Nancy Pelosi's controversial visit to a hair salon.

The House Speaker was captured on camera walking through ESalonSF in San Francisco on Monday, with wet hair and without a mask over her mouth or nose.

"We have a terrorist, we have a dictator who is running this country and Nancy Pelosi is at the forefront fighting against this person everyday, you know, and I'm not trying to excuse what happened," Mayor London Breed told ABC7 News.

"I'm just saying that to allow an issue like this to turn our city upside down when we got folks who are homeless, we've got people who can't open their business, including these salons. I understand," Breed added.

Salons in San Francisco have been closed since March, and were recently allowed to reopen on September 1, but only if they operated outside.

Despite Mayor Breed's plead, hair salon owners told Fox & Friends Weekend they were "really disappointed and frustrated".

"We have been closed for months for indoor services and we had to do clients outside because in our county we are able to do outdoor services in 100-degree heat, in smoke, outdoors with the masks on," Regina Muslimova, owner of Insignia Hair Salon, said.

"So, yeah, we were not happy seeing her being indoors getting service done like the rest of us couldn’t."

A demonstration took place earlier this week following the incident, which the the House Speaker has referred to as a "set-up."

Protesters expressed frustration at Pelosi for insisting that businesses remain shut down in California amid the coronavirus pandemic, yet choosing to visit a salon herself and violate mask mandates.

"What she has done is a slap in the face of not just a salon owner, but every woman, every man, every person who's unemployed in the state of California, who lost their jobs and their livelihoods, many of whom are my friends," one protester told KRON.

Pelosi's salon visit sparked a huge amount of backlash, with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany playing the video footage at a press briefing and slamming the House Speaker as a hypocrite.

"Apparently the rules do not apply to Speaker Nancy Pelosi," she said.

"She wants small businesses to stay shut down but only reopen for her convenience. Do as I say not as I do, says Nancy Pelosi," she added.

Pelosi has said that she takes responsibility for "falling for a set up" at the salon.

"I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I've been to over the years many times when they said we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time," she said after footage of her salon visit was shared widely.

On Thursday, protesters gathered outside of Pelosi's home and hung hair dryers in her trees.

More than a dozen women donned hair curlers and plastic covers as they stood outside of Pelosi's Pacific Heights home, according to local station KRON.

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