H/T Independent Journal Review.

This stupid bastard should have to repay every penny sent on his education and be dishonorably discharged.

West Point Commie

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has now chimed in on the continuing controversy of 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone, the West Point graduate who was pictured advocating for communism while in uniform on his graduation day.

In a letter to acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, Rubio writes how the Army should nullify Rapone’s commission and for West Point to revoke his degree for violating multiple articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ):

As you may know, Rapone has publically and vulgarly derided the secretary of defense, advocated for communism while in uniform and political violence in general, and expressed support and sympathy for enemies of the United States, including Chelsea Manning, a convicted traitor. This clearly violates multiple Army regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

On one Twitter post, Rapone called Secretary of Defense James Mattis the “most vile, evil f**k” in President Donald Trump’s administration, which could violate Article 88 of the UCMJ.

“Rapone should be required to pay back in full the cost of his education and the United States Military Academy should consider revoking his degree,” the Florida senator added.

Rubio also brought up a common question the military/veteran community has been asking since the news came to light:

It is extremely concerning that someone who so often expressed such hostile views towards the United States’ system of government was able to obtain a commission. Rapone’s revolutionary ideas were harbored long before he was commissioned as an Army Second Lieutenant. Were West Point administrators or faculty aware of his views and behavior?

Rubio makes it clear this is not about Rapone’s beliefs on the ideas of communism, but it has to do with his stated desire to “infiltrate and sabotage the military.”

Rapone posted the pictures on his Twitter account as part of an effort to show support for Colin Kaepernick. The pictures went viral, which caught the eye of both his chain of command and the United States Military Academy.

In a statement, West Point did distance itself from Rapone’s actions.

“Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army,” it said. “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.”

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