Report: West Point knew of Communist grad’s anti-American views, support of ISIS

On Wednesday, the Daily Caller reported that West Point graduate Spenser Rapone, the Army 2nd Lieutenant who was caught promoting communism in uniform, was known by higher-ups at the academy for his anti-American attitudes and apparent support of the terror group ISIS.

Let that sink in for just a moment before you continue.  A cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point was a full-fledged Communist who hates America and justified ISIS terrorism is now an officer in the United States Army.  And it appears the school had known about it for quite some time.

According to the report, Rapone was reported back in 2015 for publishing inappropriate and outright anti-American views online.

“From his various online rantings and posts, it appears that DCT Rapone is an avowed Marxist, which is completely out of line with the values of this nation and its Army,” Lt.Col Robert Heffington said in a sworn statement, which can be seen here. “Moreover, CDT Rapone’s posts indicate that he hates West Point, the U.S. Army, and indeed this country. One post dated 16 November 2015 states, ‘F*ck this country and its false freedom.’ He also … even implicitly justifies the actions of ISIS and blames the United States for terrorist attacks.”

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“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. 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,” Heffington concluded.

The Daily Caller reported:

The report gave details on 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone’s insubordination at the U.S. Military Academy and out-of-regulations online activity. Rapone graduated almost two years later in 2016.

Rapone made the news last week for his pro-communism tweets during the #VetsForKaepernick social media craze.

West Point’s Public Affairs office quickly released a statement last week condemning Rapone’s actions, saying that they “in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army… Second Lieutenant Rapone’s chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter.”

Multiple other sources contend that Rapone willfully put his anti-capitalist, anti-military and anti-American views on display for the world to see, both in person and over social media. Two recent academy graduates, when reached for comment, suggested that Rapone’s reputation at the academy preceded him. Although they did not personally know Rapone, they stated that they were aware of his radical leftist views and his rebellious reputation long before his activism hit the news this September.

You can read the Daily Caller’s obtained report here.

The Conservative Firing Line reported that Rapone was inspired to infiltrate the military by traitor Bradley/Chelsea Manning, that Rapone cursed out General Mattis, and a U.S. Senator has demanded that he be removed immediately.

So now the question is, why has West Point allowed this traitor to continue serving when men and women have died fighting terrorists and communist regimes like Vietnam?

Writing at Townhall, Kurt Schlichter said that while Rapone is a problem, the real issue is the chain of command which allowed him to graduate from the academy and become an officer in the first place.

The Daily Caller added:

“The real story isn’t this one loser. It’s not even the other losers who knew what he was and said and did nothing,” Schlichter wrote in Townhall. “It’s the chain of command. We need to know exactly what the faculty and staff at West Point knew about Comrade Cadet Rapone’s treachery. If they did know –– and I bet we will find out that he was counseled in writing about it — every officer from his first line supervisor to the USMA Superintendent must be relieved and reprimanded.”

Schlichter, who gave some 28 years in service to his country and achieved the rank of Colonel, correctly observed:

A United States officer cannot be a communist, or a Nazi, or a jihadist. These vile allegiances are incompatible with military service, and we are under no moral obligation to enter into a suicide pact by letting these vermin into our officer corps. Haven’t enough people died, like at Fort Hood, because the chain of command was too cowardly to risk getting called jihadiphobic to get rid of an insider threat?

He also explained exactly how he would have handled Rapone, but you’ll need to read his post for yourself, here.

I served during the Cold War against the USSR and it angers me to see that Rapone is still serving.  He needs to be charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other applicable laws, court-martialed, and ultimately handed a dishonorable discharge, which ensures he receives no veteran benefits.

My editor-in-chief, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, has some ideas as well, but I won’t bore you with the details.  Use your imagination…

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Fmr. Sgt, USAF Intelligence, NSA/DOD; Studied Cryptology at Community College of the Air Force

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