The US military has long been the role model for duty, honor, and patriotism for Americans.
Yet according to Breitbart, the military has experienced a presence creeping into their ranks and poisoning the minds of its members. Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is an overt advocate and supporter of Antifa and his mentor at West Point is likely a supporter.
According to a West Point spokesman, Rapone’s mentor is Rasheed Hosein, a professor of Middle East History, who had an active role in Rapone’s progress in the military. He is currently on administrative leave.
Yet the spokesman claims it has nothing to do with Rapone’s recent political activism: “We are unable to provide information regarding administrative actions but can confirm that the details are unrelated to 2nd Lieutenant Rapone.”
Rapone gained widespread attention when he posted pictures of himself advocating Communism while in uniform on Facebook. In one photo he is seen standing with others in uniform with a sign reading, “Communism will win” tucked into his hat. Another photo showed him splaying his uniform open to reveal a shirt underneath with an image of Che Guevara with the caption “In case there was any lingering doubt, hasta la victoria siempre.”
Both photos are completely against Army regulations regarding the wearing of the uniform; “in connection with the furtherance of any political or commercial interests” is forbidden unless previously authorized.
When the two photos went viral, West Point quickly clarified they did not support the action: “The US Military Academy strives to develop leaders who internalize the academy’s motto of Duty, Honor, Country, and who live the Army values. Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the US Military Academy or the US Army.”
They also condemned Rapone’s behavior and said they would put him under review: “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. The appropriate command authorities are reviewing the situation.”
Rapone has long been a supporter of various leftists movements, especially Antifa. In February, he shared an article written by the Antifa group IT’S GOING DOWN titled, “Know your (Gun) Rights! A Primer for Radicals.”
Last year, he also shared a picture on Instagram of a Che Guevara image with an Antifa flag next to it in his room with the caption: “New room décor… until it’s flying proudly in the streets. #AntiFa.”
His father, who has condemned his son’s recent behavior, said he was once a fine upstanding young man: “As a young man, Spenser personified patriotism and in high school was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He applied to be a West Point cadet and at that time he [was] not selected. He enlisted in the United States Army right out of high school. Later he served as an Army Ranger and was deployed to Afghanistan on [a] special mission.”
But his father says that Rapone came back a changed man, and something dark had crept into his life. “It is my belief when he returned back from Afghanistan there was a notable difference in his political views. Spenser is my son and I love him dearly, however, I do not like nor condone his politics, his actions or behavior,” the elder Rapone said.
US Army Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is an overt advocate and supporter of Antifa. Should he be booted out of the military?
During that time he bonded with Hosein at West Point, traveling with him to India. Days later he posted messages on the subjects of anti-Capitalism and racism. His social media activity since then has been largely anti-racist, pro-communist, anti-military, anti-police, and advocating other extreme leftist ideologies. Rapone even advocated the abolishing of West Point itself.
While it’s unclear what role Hosein had in cultivating Rapone’s Antifa mentality, the timing of their friendship and continued bond is suspicious. Even if not complicit in encouraging Rapone, at the very least, Hosein would have been aware of his deteriorating attitude and failed to correct it.
It goes to show that Antifa members are everywhere. They are students, professors, neighbors, and now, soldiers in the United States military.