Cal­i­for­nia coun­cil flays mem­ber’s com­ments

Gulf News - - Americas -

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.”

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