Army splits with West Point tweeter of 'communism will win'

In this May 2016 photo provided by Spenser Rapone, Rapone raises his left fist while displaying a sign inside his hat that reads "Communism will win," after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. (Courtesy of Spenser Rapone via AP)

A West Point cadet who tweeted pictures of himself at graduation with the message "communism will win" is out of the Army with an other-than-honorable discharge.

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 11:22 AM

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - A West Point cadet who tweeted pictures of himself at graduation with the message "communism will win" is out of the Army with an other-than-honorable discharge.

Top brass at New York's Fort Drum officially accepted 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone's resignation Monday after an investigation found he advocated online for a socialist revolution and disparaged high-ranking officers.

Rapone says his journey to communism grew out of his experience as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan before he was accepted into the U.S. Military Academy. Those views hardened during his studies of history at West Point.

Last fall, he tweeted a photo with the message "communism will win" at his 2016 West Point graduation to show solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was taking heat for kneeling during the national anthem.

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