President Donald Trump piled onto House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, criticizing her for appearing on video without a mask at an otherwise shuttered San Francisco salon where she got her hair done.
“Crazy Nancy Pelosi is being decimated for having a beauty parlor opened, when all others are closed, and for not wearing a Mask - despite constantly lecturing everyone else,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We will almost certainly take back the House, and send Nancy packing!”
Fox News published security footage Tuesday that appears to show Pelosi (D-Calif.) wearing a smock and walking through the salon without her face covered. A hair stylist wearing a mask follows close behind her.
The video was reportedly recorded Monday, meaning Pelosi was seemingly in violation of local coronavirus-related restrictions. San Francisco hair salons and barber shops only reopened for business outdoors on Tuesday.
Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill defended the speaker’s salon visit and said she “complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment.”
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements,” Hammill said in a statement to POLITICO. “This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business.”
Still, the president and his conservative media allies were intent on promoting the footage. In another tweet Wednesday, Trump used the video to again mock Pelosi for Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy’s failed Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Ed Markey.
“The Beauty Parlor owner must really dislike Crazy Nancy Pelosi. Turning her in, on tape, is a really big deal. She probably treats him like she treats everyone else,” Trump wrote . “And she strongly supported a Kennedy who just lost in, of all places, Massachusetts!”
Trump also retweeted a version of the video shared online by his reelection campaign, as well as a message arguing that if “Nancy Pelosi can get her hair done in person — you can vote in person.”
Meanwhile, Fox News host Sean Hannity derided the speaker in a tweet as “PAMPERED PELOSI,” and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows invoked the salon visit during an interview Wednesday morning on “Fox & Friends.”
Meadows, who is at an impasse with Pelosi in talks for a new round of coronavirus relief, accused her of hypocrisy and said the incident was representative of “typical Washington, D.C.”
“Whether it’s in San Francisco with her going into a salon or in the privacy of a negotiating room, it’s time that she get serious about helping the American people,” he said.