The infamous “pro-Communist soldier” who posted photos of himself in a Che Guevara tee shirt at his West Point graduation and called Defense Secretary James Mattis “the most vile, evil f**k in the current administration,” is now officially out of the Army.
The New York Post reports that “top brass at Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division” have accepted Spenser Rapone’s resignation after issuing him an official reprimand for “conduct unbecoming of an officer” just a few weeks ago, for posting statements online disparaging his commanding officer, Mattis, and Vice President Mike Pence. Rapone was already the recipient of an “other-than-honorable” discharge.
Rapone offered a final salute to his commander and colleagues at Fort Drum on Twitter under his handle, @punkproletarian.
— Rudi (Dutschke) Can’t Fail (@punkproletarian) June 18, 2018
Rapone told reporters from the Associated Press last June that he became a Communist while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, before attending the United States Military Academy. He took the offending photos, which saw him with a hand-scrawled “Communism will win” placard inside his official uniform cap, back in 2016, when he graduated West Point.
He posted the photos online in September of last year, in “solidarity” with kneeling NFL quarterback Colin Kapernick.
Shortly thereafter, armed with the accolades he received for his initial Twitter post, Rapone took to social media to express his deep thoughts on “white supremacy,” “racism,” and the Capitalist state, and eventually on Sec. Mattis and VP Pence.
Rapone seems to believe his post-military career will be fruitful, telling the Associated Press that although his military career is “dead in the water,” “on the other hand, many people reached out and showed me support. There are a lot of veterans both active duty and not that feel like I do.”
He will begin his speaking tour in September at the national Socialism Conference in Chicago.