An online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the salon owner visited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reached over $260,000 in donations.
As of 12:30 p.m. CST, there have been over 7,400 donors, 39,600 shares and 7,456 followers on the GoFundMe page.
“Erica Kious, a single mother of two and owner of eSalon, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got her hair done on Monday, is now being forced to shut down and relocate her business and family due to outrage and threats she is receiving,” the GoFundMe page says.
“A maskless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited eSalon on Monday afternoon for a wash and blow-out, despite local ordinances keeping salons closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.”
“San Francisco’s coronavirus guidelines allowed hair salons to reopen their businesses for outdoor services starting Tuesday, with clients seen one at a time. Haircuts are permitted, according to the guidance, but shampooing and hair coloring services are not.”
The GoFundMe page, created by former Nevada state GOP chairwoman Amy Tarkanian, raised over $115,000 in the first 24 hour period.
“I have been friends with Erica and her family for roughly 20 years and wanted to help,” stated Tarkanian. “Thank you for taking the time to do the same. She is overwhelmed by the flood of support and is grateful for those who are willing to speak out and stand up along her side.”
“At the conclusion of this fundraiser, ALL donations will go directly to Erica to pay off any debts from the business that she is forced to shut down, expenses to relocate and reopen in a new location.”
On Tucker Carlson’s Fox News primetime program this week Kious, the single mother if two children said,
“”This isn’t even political. She’s been coming in there … it’s the fact that she actually came in, didn’t have a mask on, and I just thought about my staff and people not being able to work and make money and provide for their families, and if she is in there comfortably without a mask and feeling safe, then why are we shut down? Why am I not able to have clients come in?”
“Since this has happened, I have received nothing but hate text messages, death threats, [saying that] they’re going to burn my hair salon down,” she said. ” My Yelp page is just unbelievable with bad reviews…I’m pretty much done now.”