West Point graduate Spenser Rapones views raised red flags after he posted the message communism will win on Twitter
A West Point cadet who wore a Che Guevara T-shirt to his graduation and posted a message online saying communism will win has been discharged from the US army.
The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his May 2016 West Point graduation were meant to shock: in one, he opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a red image of the socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips over his cap to reveal the hand-scrawled message: Communism will win.
The images, posted later in 2017, drew vitriol and even death threats. Now the second lieutenant who became known as the commie cadet is out of the army with an other-than-honorable discharge.
Top brass at Fort Drums 10th Mountain Division accepted Rapones resignation on Monday after an earlier reprimand for conduct unbecoming of an officer. Rapone said an investigation found he went online to advocate for a socialist revolution and disparage high-ranking officers and US officials. The army said in a statement only that it conducted a full investigation and appropriate action was taken.
An unrepentant Rapone summed up the fallout in a tweet on Monday that showed him extending a middle finger at a sign at the entrance to Fort Drum, accompanied by the words: One final salute.