The California high school student who filmed his teacher’s viral anti-military rant has been invited to the White House by Chief of Staff John Kelly, and he is raising funds for the trip.
The student, Victor Quinonez, is a senior at El Racho High School, and secretly recorded his history teacher Gregory Salcido making a number of derogatory remarks in class about the military and military recruiters, including calling them “the lowest of the low.”
When Quinonez’ video went viral, he was stunned to receive a phone call from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who invited him to visit the White House to meet President Trump and also to visit the Pentagon.
Quinonez told KCAL-TV in Los Angeles that he was honored to receive the invitation and intends to go. “It is really a big deal to me because not a lot of people say they’ve been to the White House or they met the president,” Quinonez told KCAL. He also added that the invitation is a point of pride for him because his own father is a marine veteran.
Quinonez told KCAL that in addition to the phone call from Kelly, he and his family have also received death threats since his recording became the subject of national news.
However, there’s only one problem: Quinonez needs money to be able to afford the trip. Although the White House has extended the invitation, Quinonez and his family will have to pay their own expenses for the trip.
Accordingly, they set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the trip, and friends and family have stepped up. At the time of the publication of this article, the family has already raised more than their goal of $5,000 for the trip.