On Wednesday, the Daily Caller reported that Army 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, the West Point graduate who said that “Communism will win” in a message of support to Colin Kaepernick, was inspired to infiltrate the military by Bradley/Chelsea Manning, the Army private who was sentenced to prison for leaking classified documents and subsequently released by Barack Obama.
In addition to supporting Communism, Rapone attacked Defense Secretary James Mattis, calling him “the most vile, evil f*** in the current administration” on Twitter, and advocating political violence against the right, referring to President Trump as a fascist.
In August, he called Vice President Pence a “f**king medieval, cold-blooded killer” on Twitter.
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According to the Daily Caller:
In a Reddit post regarding Manning, Rapone spelled out some of his motivations for remaining in the military and exactly what he wanted to accomplish while serving as a second lieutenant in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. Those motivations included Manning’s decision to leak national security documents to WikiLeaks.
Notably, Manning was also part of the 10th Mountain Division.
“I’m currently an infantry officer at Ft. Drum, NY assigned to the same brigade that she was while enlisted,” Rapone wrote in a post. “Every single day I think of the contradictions of being a communist while in this organization, and her courage and tenacity gives me strength to continue the long march through the institutions.”
Jonah Bennett said the “long march” comment “refers to a strategy of institutional infiltration and subversion coined by student activist Rudi Dutschke but originally developed by Antonio Gramsci, a Marxist thinker whose thought developed in the wake of the failure of economic determinism to bring about a revolution.”
One Reddit user reportedly warned Rapone not to be so public about where he is stationed.
“I know comrade, but I feel like we should not hide any longer,” Rapone said in response.
Bennett further said Rapone’s commitment to Communism is clear from his Reddit and Twitter posts, and he also discussed “developing a new manual on guerrilla warfare, presumably for use in the U.S.”
According to Bennett:
“I read Che’s Guerrilla Warfare (★★★★) a month or two back,” Rapone said early this year. “An essential text, although, as Che would say, specific to a certain historical context. I’d suggest Marighella’s Minimanual of the Urban Guerrilla (★★★★) after finishing Che’s work. I myself need to read Mao’s On Guerrilla Warfare here soon enough. But, I suppose, more than anything else, the task at hand for all of us is to produce our own text on guerrilla warfare, in the days ahead, yes?”
Rapone’s Twitter feed is now protected, and he is reportedly under investigation by Army authorities, The Hill said:
The Army was quick to announce it was looking into the messages posted by 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, issuing a statement on Tuesday saying, “Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army.”
“As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct, and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform. Second Lieutenant Rapone’s chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter. The academy is prepared to assist the officer’s chain of command as required,” the statement continued.
Rapone put out two visibly pro-communist posts on Twitter this week, including one in which he voiced his support for Argentine communist revolutionary Che Guevara.
“In case there was any lingering doubt, hasta la victoria siempre,” Rapone tweeted on Monday, along with a picture of him revealing a red shirt adorned with Guevara’s face under his uniform.
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