Gregory Salcido is a Southern California city council member and a teacher, who apparently is very unappreciative of our service men and women calling them the “lowest of our low.”
He was heard on video disparaging our members of military in a heated rant aimed at a 17yr-old student who was wearing a US Marine Corps sweatshirt.
“They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people; they’re the frickin’ lowest of our low,” he said. “I don’t understand why we let the military guys come over here and recruit you at school. We don’t let pimps come in the school.”
El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera placed Salcido on leave and on Tuesday he was condemned by his council colleagues.
These remarks also caught the attention of President Trump’s Chief of Staff, retired Gen. John Kelly, whom told Salcido he “ought to go to hell.”
Fox News reported that “Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho called Salcido’s remarks ‘bullying, arrogant and aggressive behavior.’ The council cannot force Salcido to resign, but a motion was introduced to censure Salcido – which would bar him from city committees and appointments, and ask him to resign from the council.”
“Salcido, who made his first public appearance since Jan. 26, said he was sorry to anyone who was offended by his comments. Ultimately, he did not apologize for the remarks themselves,” the Fox News report continued.
According to Salcido, he was attempting to persuade his students not to settle for the military.
“My goal, as it relates to my students, is to get them to do everything to get to college,” he said. “I wanted to challenge them to reach their academic potential.”
The student, and his family, who was targeted by Salcido skipped the hearing. Their attorney said the family believed their attendance would only inflame the situation.
However, back in January the student told the Orange County Register he thought the teacher’s comments went too far.
“It was so disrespectful to my dad and my uncles and all veterans and those still in the military,” he said.
Salcido voted against the resolution and has given no hint of leaving his post.