The army officer who ousted himself as being a radical Marxist was reported way back in 2015 for publishing outright anti-American views online.
The details are in a sworn statement obtained by The Daily Caller. It gives exhaustive and damning details on 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone’s insubordination while at the U.S. Military Academy, including extremist views and out-of-regulation online activity.
Despite all this, the Academy decided to allow Rapone to graduate in 2016.
Rapone made news when he snapped several pictures of himself showing solidarity with Kaepernick’s anti-police statements (that have now turned into nothing more than an anti-Trump movement). The pictures were posted online and gathered a great deal of attention.
The Academy’s PR office released a statement condemning Rapone’s actions, stating that they “in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army… Second Lieutenant Rapone’s chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter.”
Reading carefully, the statement leaves one with the idea that the officer’s chain of command (and the academy) was unaware of his radicalism and frequent violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Here are some details from the report, as identified by The Daily Caller:
In a social media post that concerned retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Heffington, an Academy history professor at the time, Rapone wrote, “F*ck this country and its false freedom.”
In November 2015, after being removed from his Ranger battalion for violating standards, Rapone was a cadet in his final year at the academy. According to the report obtained by TheDC, after the latest in a series of incidents involving Rapone’s penchant for insubordination, Heffington became aware of Rapone’s radical leftist activity on social media and notified the cadet’s 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.”
Rapone’s activism, radical views and opposition to authority were well-known around the academy, especially his chain of command.
So the question is: Why was Rapone allowed to graduate? How and why was this kept under wraps?
Author and retired Army Colonel Kurt Schlichter is one veteran asking such questions.
In his Monday Townhall article, “Our Broken Military Can’t Even Manage to Toss Out Traitors,” Schlichter declared Rapone’s apparently tolerated communist activism “the pinnacle of the military’s moral bankruptcy.”
Schlichter argues that Rapone needs to be ousted. But he also professes that the real problem here is far larger than the Marxist officer:
“The real story isn’t this one loser. It’s not even the other losers who knew what he was and said and did nothing,” Schlichter wrote in Townhall. “It’s the chain of command. We need to know exactly what the faculty and staff at West Point knew about Comrade Cadet Rapone’s treachery. If they did know –– and I bet we will find out that he was counseled in writing about it — every officer from his first line supervisor to the USMA Superintendent must be relieved and reprimanded.”
What do you think is going on at West Point?