A Pico Rivera city councilman and high school history teacher named Gregory Salcido is under fire after being captured on tape making incredibly insulting comments about members of the military.

FOX News has the details:

California teacher slams military members as ‘lowest of our low’ in classroom rant caught on video

A video in which a Southern California high school teacher is heard slamming members of the military as “the frickin’ lowest of our low” in a classroom rant to students has gone viral.

El Rancho High history teacher Gregory Salcido — who also serves as an elected Pico Rivera city councilman and was once mayor — even goes so far as to refer to those who are in the military overseas as failed students who had no choice but to serve, “Fox & Friends” reported Sunday.

“Think about the people you know who are over there,” Salcido is heard saying. “Your freakin’ stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They’re dumb s – – – s. They’re not high-level bankers. They’re not academic people. They’re not intellectual people.”

“They’re the freakin’ lowest of our low.”

He is also heard questioning why military recruiters were allowed to visit the school.

“We don’t allow pimps to come into the school,” he says.

A post on Facebook with videos of the rants had nearly 1.5 million views as of Saturday, the Orange County Register reported.

This all began due to a student in the class wearing a Marines t-shirt. That student is the one who ultimately recorded the comments and posted them on Facebook where they went viral:

The student wants an apology for himself, soldiers and veterans.

Here’s a video report from the FOX News Channel:

Here’s another from the local FOX affiliate:

In addition to being placed on leave from his teaching position, Mr. Salcido has also been removed from his city council duties. CBS News Los Angeles reports:

Teacher Removed From City Council Committees After Anti-Military Rant

Officials from a Southern California city are roundly condemning disparaging comments made about members of the U.S. military by a local teacher.

Audio first emerged over the weekend of history teacher and Pico Rivera Council Member Gregory Salcido telling students U.S. servicemembers serving overseas are “not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the freakin’ lowest of our low.”

In a statement released Monday, city officials said they “unequivocally disagree and condemn” Salcido’s comments, adding, “The city Council and residents of Pico Riviera are steadfast in the recognition that the contributions by those who have served or are currently serving our country via military service are respected and we are grateful for their service.”

According to CBS2’s Randy Paige, Salcido has since been removed from all committees on the Pico Rivera City Council over the remarks and that other fellow council members are “unanimous in their condemnation” of his remarks.

I reached out to author, Townhall columnist and retired Army Colonel Kurt Schlichter for comment:

“I feel sorry for him. He’ll never know what it is to be one of those people he looks down on.

Those of us who are able to serve feel honored to do so at all. The idea that I would spend one second of my time caring what this person said when I could be cherishing the people I was allowed to serve with. Why would I give him the time?

This guy says what a lot of leftists really think. They hide it because it’s socially repulsive, but he speaks for a lot of liberals. I’d suggest he be ashamed of himself but that assumes he knows right from wrong. He deserves our contempt but also our pity. He can only say these stupid things because of the efforts of better men and women.”

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