My RedState colleague Becca Lower reported last night on how San Francisco hair salon owner Erica Kious is receiving bad reviews and death threats after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused her of a “set up” after video footage was published Tuesday of Pelosi getting a haircut and highlights sans mask at the salon at a time when salons are shuttered thanks to mandates forbidding them to open for full services during the pandemic.
Kious told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that it’s likely her business will have to permanently shut down thanks to those mandates, which she says are responsible for her losing 60% of her clients:
“We’re pretty much done. We’ve lost at least 60 percent of our clients. I’ve lost the majority of my staff. Six months is a long time to be closed down.”
“The hard part of all of this 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, [filled] with bad reviews. It’s sad that my community is pulling this.”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) watched the interview and made this offer to Kious in response:
My heart goes out to Erika. As a former female small business owner, I can only imagine how crushing these last few months have been. And now THIS!?
Erika, if you want to run your salon in a state that respects Freedom and won't shut you down, then South Dakota is open for you. https://t.co/la6CD5LScC
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) September 3, 2020
Memo to liberals: This is what true feminism and real freedom actually looks like.
As Media Research Center noted, Noem is one of five governors who have “refused to issue a statewide stay-at-home order or mandated that businesses shut down amid the coronavirus scare.”
Last month, Noem declined an offer from the Trump administration for an extension of unemployment benefits, saying the state didn’t need it.