The hairdresser accused of "setting up" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., managed to raise over $300,000 on a GoFundMe account to fund her business after the threats she received. Erica Kious plans to use the money to relocate her salon and pay off her debts.
Pelosi Visit Nets Hairdresser 300k via GoFundMe
"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," Kious said.
The crowdfunding account was set up for Kious by the former Nevada GOP Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian.
"I'm honored to help a friend and to have been a part of this," Tarkanian wrote on the GoFundMe page. "If it's safe enough for NV Gov Sisolak to enjoy dining out while listening to 'ambiance' music, NY Gov Cuomo to walk his dog or hop on a plane without a mask, or for CA Speaker Pelosi to not only make an appointment in her district but then get her hair done without wearing a mask, then it should be ok for the rest of us to open safely and resume living!"
In August, Pelosi went to the Kious’ salon in violation of San Francisco's coronavirus order on visiting salons. A bit later, Kious made public security video footage of Pelosi walking around the salon without wearing a mask.
At a press conference last week, Pelosi explained that she takes responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon when they said they were able to accommodate one person at a time and that they could set up that time, thus she takes responsibility for falling for a setup.