Video of a Pico Rivera Councilman and teacher making disparaging remarks about the military have gone viral.
Gregory Salcido's remarks were caught on tape after he began to berate a student for wearing a Marines sweatshirt.
In the video Salcido is heard calling military members stupid and "not talented people".
"We've got a bunch of dumb [expletive] over there.
Think about the people who you know who are over there – your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever – they're dumb [expletive]. 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."
Salcido also made reference to people in the Middle East and Asia and about the wars the US has fought there.
"We haven't been able to beat these guys wearing freaking robes and chanclas [flip-flops] for 15 years.
We couldn't beat the Vietnamese – they're a bunch of people this freaking big throwing rice at us."
The video was recorded by an anonymous student, whose father and two uncles are Marine veterans, and says he made the video without the intention of it really being seen by anyone else.
“It wasn’t meant for anyone else, but my mom shared it with a few friends and now it’s this."
The videos were posted on Facebook by a family friend, Kimberlie Flauto, and asked her followers to make the clips go viral.
Pico Rivera school board President Aurora R. Villon says they aren't taking this issue lightly and she is upset becuase her own husband is in the military.
"I was extremely surprised and shocked by the comments. I was dumbfounded. I couldn't believe it.
I cannot discuss it because it is a personnel matter, other than we are conducting a full-blown investigation. We are moving very diligently."
The Los Angeles Times says Salcido and his family were out of town over the weekend.
Salcido, 49, was in New York with his family over the weekend and was scheduled to meet with colleagues and city staff in Washington D.C., to lobby for funds to help repair local dams.
After the news broke, Salcido said he and his wife "deemed it appropriate to head home under the circumstances."
"Because of the many vulgar and violent threats against my family I do not have any comment on the situation at this time," Salcido said in an email to The Times.
Here is the full video with Salcido's comments...
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