After calling U.S. Military members a “bunch of dumb sh*ts” and the “lowest of our low,” Pico Rivera City Councilman and high school teacher Gregory Salcido arrived at his job to find a perfectly brutal surprise waiting for him.
On January 19, California Councilman and El Rancho High School teacher Gregory Salcidocaused an uproar when he brazenly and unapologetically referred to military members in an outrageously derogatory manner. His vulgar, unhinged rant appeared to be prompted by one of his students wearing a U.S. Marines sweatshirt, causing the liberal educator to fly into a political rage.
“We’ve got a bunch of dumb … over there,” Salcido says in the recording, using an expletive. “Think about the people who you know who are over there — your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever — they’re dumb…. They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the freaking lowest of our low.”
Expectedly, Salcido’s vitriolic and puerile tirade immediately garnered a national outcry on social media. Still, justice seemed like a hopeless endeavor when Salcido not only backed up his anti-military sentiments but appeared to escape any reprimand at both the high school and city council in which he served. Unfortunately for the deranged liberal educator, the consequences of his actions just caught up with him.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Salcido arrived at work in the Pico Rivera City Council chamber on February 13, where he has worked since his election in 1999, only to be greeted by a crowd of enraged protesters calling for his termination, including U.S. Military veterans, local residents, and even his fellow council members. For several hours, Salcido was forced to endure boos, demands for his resignation, and ceaseless testimonies from constituents railing against the liberal councilman.
Dozens took to the podium to not only show their support for the military but to demand Salcido’s resignation. At least 80 protesters packed the chamber, while more than 100 others expressed their support for Salcido’s termination outside the council house.
“He’s disgraced us, disgraced this city, disgraced this nation,” said Councilman Bob Archuleta, the council’s only veteran, who also has two sons in the military on active duty.
“I’m shaking right now because I’m pissed off and angry,” said Irvine resident Eric Martinez, who grew up in Pico Rivera. “I just thank God that I can refrain from jumping over this podium to get you.”
Several veterans in attendance also expressed their disappointment in Salcido’s absurd ant-military diatribe. Likewise, veterans Art Sanchez, who spent 30 years in the U.S. Army, and Anthony Dovali, who served for 8 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, lambasted the councilman for his ignorant and hateful comments.
“I didn’t get to first sergeant without any school,” Sanchez said. “We’re not idiots.”
“He thinks we’re stupid. I went to college. As soon as I came out I got my AA and I got my bachelor’s,” Dovali said, wearing a Vietnam Semper Fi hat. “We want to let him know that it’s not fair for him to speak the way he spoke, especially in a high school where he’s teaching all the young people.”
Although Salcido is finally facing the consequences of his actions, he still insists that he’s the victim and doesn’t deserve such a backlash. He maintains a sense of arrogance and remorselessness even after being confronted by veterans, voters, and council members.
He told reporters during a break in the meeting that “this is probably the most exaggerated situation I’ve ever seen,” and he said he apologizes if he offended anyone.
“I do believe the military is not the best option for my students.… That does not mean I’m anti-military, because I’m not,” he said.The people are showing Salcido that while he has the right to express his opinion, he doesn’t have the right to escape the consequences of his words. Likewise, the people are expressing their right to protest for his removal from office, showcasing the wonderfully democratic process in action.