West Point Knew For Years Spenser Rapone Was Anti-American, Justified ISIS – He STILL Graduated
A photo of U.S. Army infantry officer and West Point graduate Spenser Rapone was making its rounds online in late September due to the fact that – while in his uniform – Rapone had the words “Communism will win” scrawled inside of his cap.
In the wake of the recent NFL protests, a West Point graduate and infantry officer tweeted out the following image with the caption: “#VeteransForKaepernick” – a disgusting display from an officer.
Even worse, West Point knew for years that Spenser Rapone was an anti-American “avowed Marxist” who justified ISIS, yet never removed him from the academy.
West Point released a statement via the official West Point website addressing the controversy surrounding Spenser Rapone’s ‘Communism will win’ social media posts. The statement led the public to believe this was perhaps the first time they were aware that Rapone was violating Uniform Code of Military Justice.
RESPONSE TO SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS BY USMA GRADUATE — September 26, 2017
The U.S. Military Academy strives to develop leaders who internalize the academy’s motto of
Duty, Honor, Country, and who live the Army values. Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions 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. 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.
The Daily Caller obtained an exclusive report that detailed Rapone’s insubordination and online activity. Retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Heffington, an Academy history professor reported Rapone after he wrote, “F*ck this country and its false freedom.” on his social media.
Heffington notified the chain of command:
“From his various online rantings and posts, it appears that DCT Rapone is an avowed Marxist, which is completely out of line with the values of this nation and its Army,” Heffington said in a sworn statement. “Moreover, CDT Rapone’s posts indicate that he hates West Point, the U.S. Army, and indeed this country. One post dated 16 November 2015 states, ‘F*ck this country and its false freedom.’ He also … even implicitly justifies the actions of ISIS and blames the United States for terrorist attacks.”
Heffington concluded in his report, “I cannot reconcile the image of a first class cadet at West Point with the things he has posted online for the world to see. To me, these are red flags that cannot be ignored, and I fail to see how this individual can possibly graduate and become a commissioned officer in six months.”
Heffington said in a sworn statement in 2015 that Spenser Rapone wore civilian clothes in an academic building (violation) and refused to stand up when a superior officer entered the room (breach of military protocol) among other outbursts and disrespectful confrontations with officers.
We shouldn’t be surprised that Spenser Rapone was allowed to graduate after the academy was well aware of his radical social media posts. After all, he was radicalized by Dr. Rasheed Hosein, a Muslim professor of Middle East history who is now on administrative leave.
Islam’s unholy alliance with the left…
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked the Army to remove Spenser Rapone in a letter sent to acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Tuesday. Rubio said Rapone’s pro-Communism postings on social media indicate he had plans to “infiltrate and sabotage the military.”
“While I strongly believe academic institutions must respect the exchange of ideas and allow students to voice their opinions, members of the military who harbor anti-American views and express their desire to harm our country and its leaders are unfit to serve and defend our nation — and certainly should not enjoy the privilege of attending or graduating from an institution such as West Point, a taxpayer-funded military academy.”
Rubio also called for the military to pursue disciplinary options as the Washington Examiner reported:
In addition to requesting the Army nullify Rapone’s commission, Rubio asked the military to pursue disciplinary options under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and for West Point to look into revoking his degree. Rubio also said Rapone should have to pay back his tuition to the U.S. Military Academy.“This is clearly not just a matter of law but also of common sense, and I can only assume Rapone’s unchecked behavior is an extreme embarrassment for the United States Army and the United States Military Academy,” he wrote.
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) October 5, 2017