A Southern California city councilman and teacher who called members of the military “dumbshits” refused to step down Tuesday after his fellow council members condemned him.
Several members of the Pico Rivera City Council condemned Gregory Salcido for his remarks Tuesday and introduced a motion to censure him—meaning he would not be appointed to or allowed to serve on city committees, Fox News reported.
Salcido, a history teacher and a city councilman in Pico Rivera, did not give any indication that he would step down from his seat on the council and voted against the motion.
Salcido was placed on leave from his job at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera after several videos showing him disparaging military personnel in front of students went viral.
“They’re the fricking lowest of our low,” Salcido can be heard saying in one of the videos.
“We’ve got a bunch of dumbshits over there. Think about the people who you know who are over there — your freaking stupid uncle Louis or whatever; they’re dumbshits,” Salcido continued. “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.”
Pico Rivera Mayor Gustavo Camacho said Salcido’s behavior in the classroom was “bullying, arrogant and aggressive” after the videos surfaced.
Salcido apologized to anyone who was offended by his remarks but did not apologize for making them.
The teacher and city councilman explained that he made the remarks to convince his students to explore post-secondary options other than the military.
“My goal, as it relates to my students, is to get them to do everything to get to college,” he said. “I wanted to challenge them to reach their academic potential.”