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A California high school student who recorded his teacher bashing the U.S. military spoke out Thursday on "Fox & Friends." 

Victor Quinonez, who aspires to join the U.S. Marine Corps, used his cell phone to capture his teacher, Gregory Salcido, slamming service members as the "the lowest of our low."

Salcido, who also serves as a city councilman, ranted to students about why they should not join the military. 

“Think about the people who you know who are over there. Your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They’re dumbs‑‑‑s. They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the lowest of our low," he said. 

Quinonez, a high school senior, recounted how the events unfolded, explaining that Salcido took offense to him and one of his classmates wearing Marines shirts.

'He was like, 'really? You too?'" Quinonez said. 

He said Salcido then made him explain in front of the whole class why he wanted to join the military. Quinonez told him it was a proud family tradition that he intends to carry on. 

"He told me, 'if it was a family tradition to beat women would you continue it?'" Quinonez recalled. 

At that point, Quinonez said he listened to Salcido respectfully while using his phone to record. 

"I was quiet, had respect for him even though he didn't deserve it. That is what my family taught me. Respect others even if they don't respect you," he said, adding he believes Salcido should be fired. 

El Rancho High School placed the 49-year-old on administrative leave and he was removed from his assignments as a city councilman after the audio went viral and even triggered a response from the Pentagon

Trevor McCardle, an attorney who volunteered to represent the Quinonez family, said there have been death threats directed at the family since Quinonez spoke out. 

"I'm appalled by the way Victor was treated by his teacher," said McCardle

Ainsley Earhardt told Quinonez that some might not support him, but "the majority of our viewers, the majority of this country" is behind him.

In an interview Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly - a former Marine general - was asked about Salcido's remarks, saying "I think the guy ought to go to hell."

Watch the full interview above.


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