Thursday's HOT MIC

Thursday's HOT MIC

West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen has responded to the outrage surrounding former "Commie Cadet" Spenser Rapone in a letter addressed to the men and women of the U.S. Military Academy.

“I ask that you help me prevent the negativity associated with the alleged behavior of one graduate from causing us to lose sight of the thousands of graduates who sacrifice and serve honorably every day,” he wrote.

The superintendent’s letter came Wednesday, soon after Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Robert Heffington's scathing open letter went public.

Heffington is the former West Point professor who warned of Rapone's abhorrent behavior and radical ideology in a sworn statement in the fall of 2015. West Point went ahead and graduated the avowed communist in spite of Heffington's concerns. In his open letter, he accused West Point of loose standards and a lack of discipline.

Heffington wrote that during his time on the West Point faculty (2006-2009 and again from 2013-2017), he had "personally witnessed a series of fundamental changes at West Point that have eroded it to the point where I question whether the institution should even remain open."

In his letter, Caslen wrote, “I do not take these allegations lightly and will provide you a response with facts addressing his allegations and then you can judge for yourself whether our graduates are serving our Nation with character imbued with values of Duty, Honor and Country, or not.”