The U.S. Army has decided to give Lt. Spenser Rapone an other-than-honorable discharge for advocating for communism while in uniform when he was graduating from the United States Military Academy.
“Due to privacy act restrictions, we are limited in what information we can provide. We can confirm, however, that the Army conducted a full investigation, and that appropriate action was taken,” Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Nina Hil said in an email to IJR. “We now consider the matter closed.”
“I consider myself a revolutionary socialist,” Rapone told The Associated Press.
“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,” Rapone added.
On his Twitter account, Rapone posted his final message for the military on Monday:
— Rudi (Dutschke) Can’t Fail (@punkproletarian) June 18, 2018
In addition to advocating for communism, Rapone said Secretary of Defense James Mattis is the “most vile, evil f**k” in President Donald Trump’s administration.
Rapone gained attention when pictures of himself supporting former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem and advocating for communism went viral.
In case there was any lingering doubt, hasta la victoria siempre pic.twitter.com/0XrW38wcCk
— Rudi (Dutschke) Can’t Fail (@punkproletarian) September 25, 2017
“We were bullies in one of the poorest countries on Earth,” Rapone told the AP.
He added, “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.”