Former Nevada State GOP chairman Amy Tarkanian has raised over $313,000 for Erica Kious, the owner of the salon Nancy Pelosi attended Monday.
“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,” political commentator and former actress Amy Tarkanian wrote on a GoFundMe page launched to gather support for Kious’ business.
On September 3, Kious responded to the accusations, calling Pelosi’s claims “totally false and outrageous.” A visibly emotional Kious turned the tables on Pelosi, calling for the career politician to apologize to the country for her behavior.
Kious thanked the donors, her daughters, their “loving dad,” and her family and friends in a letter published on the page on Monday.
“I wish I could personally thank every person who sent me their prayers, words of encouragement and support, especially at a time when so many are struggling to make ends meet in their own lives,” she wrote.
On Friday, President Trump tweeted an article highlighting Kious further amounting donations for the salon owner despicably blamed by Nancy Pelosi.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020
The fundraising page claims to be set up by a friend of Kious and her family and pledges that “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.”
“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,” she added. “It’s a powerful reminder that the common things that bind us all together as Americans are far more meaningful and lasting than political and ideological differences that get so much attention and focus.”
Because of the “outrage and threats” Kious has allegedly received, she has been forced to relocate her business. With Tarkanian’s help, she has raised over $313,000 from over 8,000 donors for the associated costs at the time of this writing — and the funds are still rolling in.
Nancy Pelosi is a massive hypocrite.
Not only does she owe the Salon owner numerous apologies, but she owes an apology to the American people as a whole.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 4, 2020
“I have been friends with Erica and her family for roughly 20 years and wanted to help. Thank you for taking the time to do the same,” Tarkanian wrote. “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.”