California council flays member’s comments
City Council members in the Los Angeles suburb of Pico Rivera condemned remarks by a colleague who was captured on video calling members of the US military “the lowest of the low.”
The mayor and three of four council members voted Tuesday to ask Councilman Gregory Salcido to resign.
Salcido, who has been on leave from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, is seen on a video scolding a 17-year-old student wearing a US Marine Corps sweatshirt and urging him not to join the military.
“They’re not like highlevel thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people” they’re the frickin’ lowest of our low,” Salcido said on a recording made by a student. “I don’t understand why we let the military guys come over here and recruit you at school. We don’t let pimps come in the school.”
The video was posted to social media and has drawn millions of views, along with outraged comments.
President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly said last month in a radio interview that Salcido “ought to go to hell” for his remarks.
Mayor Gustavo Camacho called it “bullying, arrogant and aggressive behaviour.”