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Dem. councilman insults U.S. veterans, asked to resign

Frank Holmes

A Democratic politician and public school teacher used his classroom to smear U.S. soldiers as “dumbsh—s” and the “lowest of our low.”

But he’s still being paid to “teach,” he’s still on city council, and his friends on the school board told parents who objected to ‘shut up.’

[The Council, a couple days later, passed a resolution asking him to resign. However, that’s a non-binding resolution as the Council doesn’t have legal powers to force the man to give up his post.]

President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, retired General John Kelly, was not going to be shut up — this four-star general slammed the ignorant teacher for his belittling attack.

It all began when two students wore shirts with the Marines logo to El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, a little town just outside Los Angeles.

That triggered their teacher, Gregory Salcido, who launched into a profanity-laced tirade in the middle of class.

One of the students, who recorded the whole thing on his cell phone, said serving in the military is a “family tradition.”

But Salcido, who teaches history and government, insulted the kid’s family – and every single soldier protecting America in the War on Terror.

“Think about the people who you know who are over there – your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever,” he said. “They’re dumbsh–s.”

“They’re not, like, high-level thinkers,” he continued.

“They’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the freakin’ lowest of our low,” he ranted.

The only reason people join the military, Salcido said, was “because you had no other options,” because “you didn’t take care of business academically”…and “because your parents didn’t love you enough.”

The video went viral after a friend of his mother’s posted it on Facebook – and Salcido got slapped down by one of the highest-ranking generals serving in the U.S. government.

Kelly did not mince words.

“I think the guy ought to go to Hell, I just hope he enjoys the liberties and the lifestyles that we fought for.” he said.

The city’s mayor has also condemned Salcido’s words and removed him from all council committees.

But the school district has circled the wagons around Salcido – and told outraged parents who wanted some answers that they can sit down and shut up!

The El Rancho Unified School District put Salcido on administrative leave – which means he’s paid to stay at home and do nothing.

Then school board members refused to listen to comments from veterans and flag-carrying patriots in the community who demanded Salcido be sent packing at their last meeting.

“We will not entertain public comments that are not part of the agenda,” said the school district president. Conveniently, Salcido wasn’t on the agenda.

When the parents started to rumble, she told them, “As your elected officials, you need to give us an opportunity to talk.”

No, as their elected servants, you need to shut up and listen.

But the school board president shares the same radical left-wing politics as Salcido. She’s praised people who made “Donald Trump piñatas.”

The problem is, she’s not just protecting Salcido’s taxpayer-funded propaganda. Sometimes, Salcido’s hate speech bleeds over into action.

The school suspended him twice before, when he threatened to kill a teenage girl for talking – and when he hit a 15-year-old boy in the back of the head for dozing off in his class. He admits both acts but says they were overblown.

Salcido’s power and position probably didn’t hurt, either. He’s been a member of city council for 19 years and served as mayor three times.

He also ran for Congress in 2002 – as a Democrat. Surprise, surprise.

His insulting, ignorant view of our military is shared by the most powerful figures in the Democrat Party. At the height of the Iraq War, John Kerry said that people who don’t do well in school would “get stuck in Iraq.”

Only idiots, beggars, and losers serve in the military, according to them. But Kerry, Salcido and their buddies are dead wrong about the people who serve in the U.S. armed forces.

92 percent of enlisted military personnel have completed high school and some college. That’s way higher than 60 percent national average, according to Pew Research.

As a matter of fact, people, from the poorest neighborhoods are actually less likely to join the military than people from the best neighborhoods. Most recruits come from the middle class.

And almost 90 percent of soldiers say they joined for one reason: to serve and protect their country. The least we can give them is our respect.

Call the El Rancho Unified School District at (562) 801-7300 (or e-mail them), and tell them Gregory Salcido has no business teaching young, impressionable children.

[Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”]

Amy Powell and ABC7 staff added, Feb 14 :

The Pico Rivera City Council is demanding the resignation of one of its own members after he was caught on video delivering an anti-military rant in a classroom that has garnered national attention.

The vote came after dozens of veterans and community members blasted City Councilman Gregory Salcido and called for his resignation for the video in which he criticized the intelligence of those who join the military.

The council passed a resolution asking Salcido to resign from the council and removing him from city committees.

The resolution is non-binding and the council does not have the power to force his removal from the elected office.

Some members of the community, however, said they planned to launch a recall campaign.

Salcido also broke his public silence over the matter for this first time, standing by his comments, but saying he and his family have gotten death threats during the controversy.

"We've been inundated with death threats," he said. "People have told me they're gonna rape my wife, they're gonna kill me. They're gonna leave my son an orphan."

He said he would apologize for his comments if they hurt people and said that was not his intention. He said his intention was to motivate his students to go to college, rather than join the military. He repeated his contention that less-successful students more often go to the military.

"My goal as it relates to my students as it relates to the military is to get them to do everything to get to college. It's not just the military. I don't want them working at a fast-food restaurant either," he said. "I don't think it's a revelation to anybody that those who aren't stellar students usually find the military a better option. That's as plain as it's Tuesday night. That's not a criticism of anybody."

Much of that anger was on display at Tuesday's council session.

"You disgust me," one woman told Salcido. "I was your friend. I stood by you. You disappointed me so much."

"Sir, I am ashamed that you would take the time to say these terrible things about the men and women who serve the people," said another man, an Army veteran. "Who serve in the armed forces, who serve in law enforcement. You're shameful. You should resign."

Salcido's fellow members on the council also denounced his remarks and said he should resign.

"I and my fellow council members strongly disagree with and denounce Mr. Salcido's comments regarding those men and women who have served or are currently serving our nation's military," Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho said.

"We stand together in the belief that the majority of residents of our great city of Pico Rivera are grateful to those who have chosen to defend our country through service in our military," he added.

Councilman Brent Tercero said asking for his resignation was not enough because the council does not have the legal authority to actually force him to leave office.

He said he would volunteer to sign a recall petition and donate $250 to the effort.

"His comments do not reflect the beliefs and attitudes of the entire city council," Tercero said. "The comments were hurtful and insulting, not just to students hearing them but to the members of our community and even to councilmembers up here on the dais."

{We will wait for the school board to rethink their stand and for Salcido to apologize and resign.]