Last year during graduation from West Point, Spenser Rapone shook up the military establishment when he posted on social media pictures of him espousing Communist propaganda.
In one photo, he’s seen holding up a sign inside his hat that says, “Communism will win,” while making a fist. In another photo, he reveals that underneath his army uniform, he’s wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt.
On Monday, Rapone accepted his resignation from the U.S. military. The top brass at Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division had warned earlier that his behavior constituted “conduct unbecoming of an officer.”
Rapone will leave the army with an other-than-honorable discharge. Things could get hard for Rapone from here on out.
The army may require that he pay back the money given him to fund his education at West Point, since he did not fulfill the five-year service obligation required for all graduates, according to Fox News.
“I knew there could be repercussions,” said Rapone. “My military career is dead in the water.”
When army officials discovered the photos, they searched his social media accounts and responded with a statement, “Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army.”
Rapone has turned increasingly far-left, saying, “I would encourage all soldiers who have a conscience to lay down their arms and join me and so many others who are willing to stop serving the agents of imperialism and join us in a revolutionary movement,” said Rapone.
His views caught the eye of Senator Marco Rubio, who advocated for Rapone’s departure from the army and on Monday cheered Rapone’s departure, “While in uniform, Spenser Rapone advocated for communism and political violence, and expressed support and sympathy for enemies of the United States. I’m glad to see that they have given him an ‘other-than-honorable’ discharge.”
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