Remember the teacher who went on an anti-Military rant? He’s in trouble…

Think twice before insulting America’s heroes.

On Tuesday night, city council members in the Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera passed a resolution condemning and asking for the resignation of Gregory Salcido, a Democratic councilman and high school teacher who was caught making derogatory remarks about members of the US military in a video that went viral last month.

Salcido, a history teacher, has been on leave from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera since the video came to light, the Associated Press reported.

In the footage, Salcido was heard criticizing a student for wearing a Marine Corps. sweatshirt and urging his students not to join the armed forces:

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello).

“We’ve got a bunch of dumbs***s over there,” Salcido said. “Think about the people who you know who are over there — your freakin’ stupid uncle Louis or whatever, they’re dumbs***s. They’re not, like, high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people, they’re the freakin’ lowest of our low. Not morally, I’m not saying they make bad moral decisions, they’re not talented people.

 

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, nearly 50 residents of Pico Rivera berated Salcido and demanded he step down from the lawmaking body.

“America: Love it or leave it. That’s the bottom line,” said 76-year-old Raul Rodriguez, an Army veteran.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello).

Dennis Jackson, who grew up in the town, said “A classroom is a place of learning, not propaganda.”

Eric Gleason, a 20-year-old former student of Salcido’s, came to the teacher’s defense.

“I believe that I probably wouldn’t even be here today if it wasn’t for him,” he said.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello).

Salcido defended his controversial comments, saying his goal was to motivate students to go to college and claiming his words “were definitely out of context.”

He claimed he would “sleep good tonight” and said he has no plans to resign.

Mayor Gustavo Camacho called Salcido’s rant “bullying, arrogant and aggressive behavior.” He introduced the resolution, which passed with the support of three other council members.

Salcido voted against the measure. A fifth councilman abstained, saying the move was pointless because the council does not legally have the authority to force Salcido to resign.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello).

Even if the beleaguered teacher does not step down, the censure will bar him from city committees and appointments.

Last month, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps. General whose son was killed in Afghanistan, reacted to Salcido’s words.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File).

“I think the guy ought to go to hell,” he said. “I hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyle that we have fought for.”

Many Twitter users continued to blast the history teacher.

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Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel is a South Florida-based writer covering politics, society, and culture.
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