Army Investigating West Point Grad’s Pro-Communist Twitter Posts

Cadets at the United States Military Academy march out of Eisenhower Barracks Friday, May 31, 1996, for their Graduation Parade at West Point, N.Y. The more than 900 cadets will graduate Saturday. (AP Photo/Jim McKnight)

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The U.S. Army announced Tuesday it was investigating a West Point graduate who publicly posted to social media several photos advocating communism, including several that featured him wearing his alma mater’s uniform.

West Point swiftly responded to the posts as they spread rapidly across social media, making clear the messages posted by Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone "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," West Point wrote in a statement. "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 photo posted to twitter this week, Rapone is holding a military cap with the message "Communism Will Win" scrawled on the inside. A second photo features Rapone wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt under his uniform with the the Argentine communist revolutionary's iconic mantra, "Hasta la victoria siempre," posted below.

Several of Rapone's messages feature the hashtag "Veterans for Kaepernick," referring to the former 49ers quarterback who sparked the movement of players taking a knee during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice.

Rapone also boasts his communist views in his twitter bio, referring to himself as a "commie" and member of the Democratic Socialists of America Veterans Working Group.

Natalie Johnson

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Natalie Johnson is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she was a news reporter at the Daily Signal. Johnson’s work has been featured in outlets such as Newsweek, Fox News and Drudge Report. She graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with a B.A. in political science and journalism. She can be reached at johnson@freebeacon.com. Her twitter handle is @nataliejohnsonn.

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