A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and second lieutenant in the United States Army is now under investigation from the Army after pictures surfaced on the officer’s Twitter page on Tuesday showing him displaying pro-Communist messages and imagery, to include while in uniform.

Now, West Point has released an official statement saying that Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone’s “actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army,” and that the “the academy is prepared to assist the officer’s chain of command as required.”

But more details have emerged about Lt. Rapone’s short time in the Army and his potentially conflicting political beliefs. This summer, while a student at Ranger School, Lt. Rapone reportedly clashed with his chain of command, repeatedly being disrespectful to senior NCOs and Officers, culminating in telling his Battalion Commander that he does not agree with the United States’ military actions overseas.

Lt. Rapone’s social media presence remains public and includes inflammatory political statements for a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. He calls President Trump, officially his commander, a fascist. He says other military members “lust for war and conflict. They fetishize violence.” He says West Point is a “bastion of reactionary politics and imperialist violence.”



Most curiously, one photo shows that he has written “Communism Will Win” inside of his uniform hat before the graduation ceremony. Tradition at West Point has graduating cadets write inspiring words of encouragement, typically including money, and leaving them in the hat for the ceremonial “hat toss.” Children then flood the field, collecting as many hats as they can. It can be inferred that Rapone intended for his message to be read by a child.

It should also be noted that hundreds of West Point graduates have fought and died fighting actual Communists during the 20th century.