The United States Army has opened up an investigation into a West Point graduate who appeared to openly support communism in a photo posted on social media — and called Secretary of Defense James Mattis the most “evil, vile f***” in the Trump administration.
A picture of Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone, in uniform, at West Point, holding a paper that says, “Communism will win” was posted online, but that’s just the tip of the ice berg.
His whole Twitter account is bursting at the seems with all kinds of weirdness.
The Daily Caller reports:
“The U.S. Military Academy strives to develop leaders who internalize the academy’s motto of Duty, Honor, Country, and who live the Army values,” West Point said in a statement released Tuesday. “Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army.
As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct, and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform. Second Lieutenant Rapone’s chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter. The academy is prepared to assist the officer’s chain of command as required.”
In one picture, Rapone appears to have placed a paper sign in his hat saying: “Communism will win.” In the other photo, Rapone is wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt underneath his uniform. At a time when active-duty service members and veterans are being dragged into the recent controversy of the National Football League flag and anthem protests, the pictures immediately went viral.
Rapone seemed to post the second picture in an effort to verify that he did in fact own the Twitter account. His bio describes himself as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Rapone has complained that the military as such “reifies capitalism/imperialism with a brutally hierarchical rank structure” and said that his fellow service members “lust for war and conflict. They fetishize violence.”
In June 2016, Rapone said that because “Fascists dehumanize political opponents …Violence against the far right is resistance, not aggression.”
He has also called Vice President Mike Pence a “f… medieval, cold-blooded killer” on Twitter. Again, the Daily Caller:
Such statements run the risk of violating Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. According to Article 88, “Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
The maximum punishment under Article 88 is dismissal from the military, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and prison for a year.
Seems pretty clear this kid is a complete sell-out and communist, and as such, is a threat to the Constitution. He shouldn’t be serving in any capacity in the military.
We as a nation have to start being far more careful about the sort of individuals we allow in the armed forces, doing our due diligence to ensure they aren’t attempting to infiltrate the military for their own cause.
As Allen West pointed out today, let’s hope the army’s investigation leads to some serious action and consequences for this young man.