A California high school teacher — who is also an elected city councilman — was slammed nationwide when video was released showing him verbally attacking a student who dared to wear in his classroom a t-shirt in support of the U.S. Marines. Now the U.S. Pentagon has waded into the news and cut the anti-American teacher down to size.
Last week, Pico Rivera high school teacher Gregory Salcido was seen on video calling a teenager names for wearing the Marines shirt in his class. The teacher was heard calling the students a “bunch of dumb s**ts” and said that American soldiers are the “lowest of the low.”
“Because we have a bunch of dumbsh**s over there,” Salcido said in the profanity-laced video. “Think about the people who you know who are over there. Your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They’re dumbsh**s. They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the lowest of our low.”
At one point, the teacher is heard further berating our soldiers saying “So, if you join the military, it’s because you had no other options. It’s because you didn’t take care of business academically, because your parents didn’t love you enough to push you and then you didn’t love yourself enough to push yourself.”
The video went viral earning nearly seven million views and over 2,000 comments on Facebook.
But now the Pentagon has responded to the teacher’s ignorant harangue slamming Salcido as “uninformed,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Amber Smith, the Pentagon’s director of outreach, said she found the comments “uninformed” when she was asked directly about Gregory Salcido, who is also a city councilman in Pico Rivera, Calif. A recording of Salcido apparently made by one of his students and posted to social media reveals him railing against the perceived incompetence of the military and comparing recruiters who visit high schools to pimps.
“I have seen maybe a few things that he said that were very uninformed, and I think that’s an excellent example of who we would like to connect with, and inform them with an accurate image of those who are serving and why they serve,” said Smith, who served as an Army Kiowa helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan before being appointed by President Trump last year.
Smith was briefing reporters on a new Pentagon initiative to educate the American public about the U.S. military called “This is Your Military.” She said the goal is to introduce the public to the less than 1 percent of Americans who serve in the military, and to correct common misconceptions.
To compound matters, Gregory Salcido is also a member of the Pico Rivera city council.
Naturally, as soon as his ignorant comments were exposed, Salcido began crying that he is receiving death threats.
The L.A. Times asked the teacher if he had a comment on his controversial remarks, but he replied, “Because of the many vulgar and violent threats against my family I do not have any comment on the situation at this time.”
[Note: This post was written by Warner Todd Huston]