2 Examples of Politicians Acting Hypocritically: Pelosi and Wheeler

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Making the news this week are two politicians who appear to be acting hypocritically when it comes to coronavirus, and the so-called peaceful protests that seem to be getting a lot more dangerous.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Coronavirus

It appears to be a case of do as we say, not do as we do

Nancy Pelosi is being labeled a “hypocrite” after she was captured on camera inside a San Francisco beauty salon that is shuttered due to coronavirus regulations, getting her hair washed and blown out… and not wearing a mask, Fox reported.

Fox News obtained security footage that was time-stamped at 3:08 PM PT on Monday, August 31, which shows Pelosi walking through eSalon in San Francisco with wet hair, not wearing a mask over her mouth or nose. Footage also shows a stylist, who is wearing a black facemask, working on Pelosi.

All salons in San Francisco have been closed due to coronavirus in an order that goes back to March. Salons were only recently notified that they could reopen on September 1, but for outdoor hairstyling services only. Pelosi was filmed on August 31, indoors.

The salon owner, Erica Kious, told Fox in a telephone interview that due to coronavirus safety precautions, “you’re not supposed to blow dry hair,” but Pelosi got a blowout. Pelosi’s stylist was not the owner, but another independent cosmetologist that rents a chair in the salon.

“We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can’t – it’s a feeling – a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down,” Kious said.

“I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen,” Kious continued. “I am a single mom, I have two small children, and I have no income.”

“The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face,” Kious added.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D-OR): Protests

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has tried to support the protesters in his city. At one point, apparently naïvely believing he had solidarity with the protesters, he decided to show up at a protest on July 22.

Instead of being embraced by the protesters as he seemed to expect, they turned on him, he was met with booze, calls to resign, insults, and chants of “F— Ted Wheeler” and as the situation got testy, law enforcement was forced to use flash-bang grenades and tear gas, the latter of which Wheeler also got a dose, OPB reported.

Currently, Wheeler has allowed protests and riots to continue in his city for over 90 consecutive days. He has refused federal assistance act quelling the disturbances.

Now, the pressure from the protesters on Wheeler has gotten personal, Fox reports. Wheeler announced he is looking for a new place to live because of the frequent protests occurring at the high-rise condominium he lives in Portland’s Pearl District, which is making life unpleasant for the other residents.

Protesters are breaking windows, setting fires near the property, and things outside the 16-story building are getting violent. Wheeler wrote an email to the other residents who live in the building, which has 114 living units as well as retail space on the ground floor.

Wheeler wrote: “I want to express my sincere apologies for the damage to our home and the fear that you are experiencing due to my position.”

The Oregonian reported that Wheeler told residents that it would be “best for me and for everyone else’s safety and peace” that he finds a new place to live.

It appears Wheeler prefers to move, rather than to take action to bring peace to the entire city.

In a letter dated August 31, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf urged Wheeler to request federal assistance in restoring law and order to the city.

Other leaders targeted by protesters

Rioting protesters are also harassing, vandalizing, and attacking a number of politicians including San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, outgoing Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.