West Point graduate Spenser Rapone, nicknamed the “commie cadet,” has received an other-than-honorable discharge from the United States Army less than a year after photos of him declaring his love for communism went viral.
According to the Associated Press, the heads of Fort Drum accepted the second lieutenant’s resignation on Monday for “conduct unbecoming of an officer.”
The Army said in a statement to the AP that it conducted an investigation and “appropriate action was taken.” Rapone reportedly said the investigation uncovered that he advocated for a socialist revolution and disparaged high-ranking officers online.
“I consider myself a revolutionary socialist,” he 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,” the 26-year-old added.
Rapone also issued “one final salute” to the Army on Twitter and shared a photo of him giving the middle finger to a Fort Drum sign.
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In September, Rapone posted photos of him at his 2016 West Point graduation ceremony wearing a shirt featuring the face of Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara and the message “Communism Will Win” written on the inside of his hat.
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He also called Defense Secretary General James Mattis the “most vile, evil f**k in the current administration,” which was a possible violation of military law.
Rapone’s insubordination dates back to at least 2015 when West Point history professor, retired Lt. Col. Robert Heffington, reported communist sentiments he posted online.
West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen acknowledged the controversy and called it his “duty” to investigate concerns regarding the “outstanding quality” of the prestigious university’s graduates.
Rapone told AP that he began his journey to loving communism when he served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan before being accepted at West Point.
“We were bullies in one of the poorest countries on Earth,” Rapone told AP.
He added that all the U.S. military was doing was “brutalizing and invading and terrorizing a population that had nothing to do with what the United States claimed was a threat.”
While he acknowledged his military career is “dead in the water” he said he’s received support from both active duty military members and veterans who “feel like I do.”