West Point grad communism: ‘Commie cadet’ quits the Army after reprimand.
The U.S. Army has accepted the resignation of a West Point graduate who made headlines after posing with a cap that read “Communism will win,” The Associated Press reports.
Photos of Spenser Rapone, 26, wearing a Che Guevara shirt under his uniform and striking a fist salute while holding a cap with the message “Communism will win” written in it went viral last year.
On Monday, Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division accepted Rapone’s resignation, the AP reported. He had reportedly received a warning earlier for “conduct unbecoming of an officer.”
Army officials announced in September 2017 that they would be probing Rapone’s pro-communist posts on social media and condemned the second lieutenant’s controversial photos, saying his actions “in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army.”
Shortly after his resignation, the former cadet shared a photo of himself making an obscene gesture at the entrance before a Fort Drum sign with the caption: “One final salute.”
“I consider myself a revolutionary socialist,” Rapone told the AP. “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.”
“We were bullies in one of the poorest countries on Earth. We have one of the most technologically advanced militaries of all time and all we were doing is brutalizing and invading and terrorizing a population that had nothing to do with what the United States claimed was a threat,” Rapone added.