Spenser Rapone, the West Point grad who sparked controversy with pro-communism messages in his cap has been booted from the US Army.
The Associated Press reports via the New York Post:
Army officially splits with West Point ‘commie cadet’
The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the smirking cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips over his cap to reveal the hand-scrawled message: “Communism will win.”
Less than a year after Rapone’s images drew a firestorm of vitriol and even death threats, the second lieutenant who became known as the “commie cadet” is officially out of the US Army with an other-than-honorable discharge.
Top brass at Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division accepted Rapone’s resignation 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. Officially, the Army said in a statement only that it conducted a full investigation and “appropriate action was taken.”
Here’s how Rapone said goodbye to the Army:
— Rudi (Dutschke) Can’t Fail (@punkproletarian) June 18, 2018
Classy. Good riddance.