Spenser Rapone wore a Che Guevara t-shirt under his uniform, wrote “communism will win” inside his uniform’s hat, and tweeted in support of controversial athlete Colin Kaepernick.
Rapone has several photographs of himself supporting communism while in uniform, tweeting under the handle @punkproletarian. His Twitter bio describes him as “Troop Left,” and a “commie.”
Additionally, Rapone is part of the Democratic Socialists of America.
In case there was any lingering doubt, hasta la victoria siempre pic.twitter.com/0XrW38wcCk
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) September 25, 2017
“Hasta la victoria siempre” is a lyric from a song that became associated with communist butcher Che Guevara after his death. The phrase means “until victory, always.”
He also tweeted pro-communist messages with the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick, complete with his fist clinched in the symbol of communist power.
— Commie Bebop🌹 (@punkproletarian) September 24, 2017
Law Newz confirmed the authenticity of the photographs by reaching out to Rapone himself.
Rapone is also very active on Instagram, where he routinely makes posts supporting Antifa, including one from last February with the message “kill every last capitalist dog” included.
He also posted a picture of Guevara with the caption “Current mood. #mate”
After last month’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, Rapone wrote a column on Medium.com. It is a lengthy, stuffy diatribe in which Rapone linked the U.S. military to white supremacy, and made his thoughts on confederate monuments clear.
There can be no reconciliation with the Confederate States of America. Here, I would also like to emphasize that the condemnation of these monuments has everything to do with the Confederates’ being slaveowners, and nothing to do with disloyalty to the United States. Historically speaking, West Point’s Reconciliation Plaza evokes a white supremacist narrative that served as the climax of D.W. Griffith’s silent film The Birth of a Nation, in which white males of the North and the South reunited in order to carry out retributive violence against black people. That white people desired revenge against black people speaks to the grotesque fantasy perpetuated by this film.
One Twitter user noted that Rapone is under contract of the Department of Defense, and making political statements while in uniform is prohibited by the government.
West Point cadets are under contract with the DoD. This is a punishable offense under the UCMJ. Making political statements while in unform.
— Jeff Martin (@JeffMar74325650) September 25, 2017
According to Law Newz, Rapone is currently deployed, and is thus unable to answer questions.