West Point Knew the Commie Cadet Was an Avowed Marxist—and Graduated Him Anyway
West Point knew that they had an anti-American "commie cadet" on their hands back in 2015 and went ahead and graduated him in May of 2016 anyway, according to new reports.
Spenser Rapone, now a 2nd lieutenant in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, became the subject of an Army investigation after several of his pro-communism messages on social media were publicized last month, spurring a firestorm of disapproval in the conservative media.
Rapone, who goes by @punkproletarian on his now private Twitter account, has indicated in posts online that he is a "socialist organizer" for the Democratic Socialists of America, an antifa supporter, and a Che Guevara fan who has contempt for the United States military.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Heffington, who taught history at the academy, wrote in a sworn statement in November of 2015 that Rapone's disrespectful attitude and social media activity were reason for grave concern. The purpose of the statement was to "document potential criminal activity involving the U.S. military and to allow Army officials to maintain discipline, law and order through investigation of complaints and incidents."
“From his various online rantings and posts, it appears that CDT Rapone is an avowed Marxist, which is completely out of line with the values of this nation and its Army,” Heffington wrote. “Moreover, CDT Rapone's posts indicate that he hates West Point, the U.S. Army and indeed this country. One post date 16, November states '...f*ck this country and its false freedom.'"
Heffington went on to say that Rapone labeled a guest lecturer at West Point a "fascist" and even implicitly justified the actions of ISIS and blamed the United States for terrorist attacks.
“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,” Heffington wrote. “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.”
In his statement, Heffington described a disturbing incident that occurred on November 17, 2015. He said that he was in his office trying to work when he heard yelling and vulgar language coming from Professor Rasheed Hosein's office. He said he heard several voices loudly arguing about what to do about "a certain colonel."