The day after her release from jail over contempt of court stemming from her refusal to shutter her Dallas hair salon, Shelley Luther had the pleasure of serving a special guest: Senator Ted Cruz.
As we reported last week, Luther was released on Thursday by order of the Texas Supreme Court after two days in jail.
Up to and after her release, the hairdresser and business owner was flooded with support, garnering attention from the state Attorney General as well as Governor Greg Abbott.
The day after her release, Sen. Cruz arrived for a photo op and a long-awaited haircut—his first in three weeks.
“Hair salons & barbershops are open in TX today. Just got my hair cut for first time in 3 months at Salon ALa Mode to support Shelley Luther, who was wrongly imprisoned when she refused to apologize for trying to earn a living,” Cruz tweeted on Friday. “Glad Shelley is out of jail & her business is open!”
Hair salons & barbershops are open in TX today. Just got my hair cut for first time in 3 months at Salon ALa Mode to support Shelley Luther, who was wrongly imprisoned when she refused to apologize for trying to earn a living. Glad Shelley is out of jail & her business is open! pic.twitter.com/yJD8fWb84W
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 8, 2020
“We’re thrilled to be with you and know the whole State of Texas is standing with you, so thank you for your courage,” Cruz told Luther, according to CBS DFWs.
“When people reach out with true authenticity, it’s huge,” Luther said, teary-eyed and thanking Cruz for his support.
“It’s a nice gesture,” she added. “His family actually called my boyfriend and prayed for him for 20 minutes while I was in jail. To me that’s not political… that’s just really nice people reaching out and making sure that our family is okay.”
Cruz isn’t the only big name in conservatism to visit Luther’s salon in a show of solidarity., the former governor of Alaska, also stopped by the salon for a haircut on Wednesday, while Luther was still behind bars.
was sentenced to a week in jail by District Judge Eric Moyé after she violated statewide stay-at-home orders to reopen her business. She also publicly tore up a cease-and-desist letter from Dallas County that ordered her to close. When Moyé offered her the chance to apologize for being “selfish” and evade incarceration, Luther refused and was jailed for contempt of court.
At the time, Cruz called Moyé’s decision “nuts.”
7 days in jail for cutting hair?? This is NUTS. And government officials don’t get to order citizens to apologize to them for daring to earn a living. https://t.co/3rulRlN0gE
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 6, 2020
A GoFundMe page that was set up for Luther by her supporters has raised over $500,000, much of which Luther plans to pay forward.
Luther says that after paying her legal fees and getting current on her mortgage again, she says she plans to donate the money to a pair of women arrested for providing in-home beauty services in Laredo.
“I’ve already reached out, trying to get in contact with the two ladies in Laredo and I would like to pay for any of their attorney fees, any citations they have, and maybe give them a little bit of head-start money,” Luther said.
President Trump also expressed support for Luther in a Friday interview with Fox News.
“[She’s] an incredible representative for a large group of people that want to do the same thing,” the president said. “They want to get back to work.”
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