The West Point graduate who achieved viral infamy for writing “Communism Will Win” on the underside of his military-issue hat and then tweeting a picture of it in 2017 has received an Other Than Honorable discharge by the military, the Daily Wire reported.
As of June, U.S. Army infantry officer Spenser Rapone is now former U.S. Army infantry officer Spenser Rapone. Yes, the infamous member of the Democratic Socialists of America who still has been in the military despite the fact that his Twitter feed looks like a vulgar issue of Pravda has apparently been formally separated from the military.
That’s at least the news from the Socialism 2018 event in July, where he is scheduled to speak.
“Spenser Rapone is a former Army Ranger and Infantry Officer recently separated from the military for speaking out against its imperialist violence,” Rapone’s blurb for the conference read.
“He enlisted as an infantryman out of high school in 2010, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. After returning from his combat tour, he applied and was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 2012, graduating and receiving his commission in May 2016.
“Deciding he could no longer stomach the immorality of US imperialism, he spoke out against the reprehensible actions of the military in September 2017. He ultimately resigned his commission, and was separated from the Army in June 2018 with an Other Than Honorable discharge.”
That part about how “he spoke out against the reprehensible actions of the military in September 2017” involved him the infamous picture of himself with the uniform cap, under the hashtag “#VetsForKaepernick.”
That was far from the only shenanigans Rapone engaged in, either.
The Daily Caller discovered that Rapone had tweeted at a podcaster (assumedly socialist or liberal), saying “Was so pumped for you to go in on Mattis on the latest ep. Definitely the most vile, evil f— in the current administration.”
Oh, and that’s the secretary of defense. You know, the guy to whom everyone in the military reports.
Another tweet about Mike Pence read, “Holy s— what world do these people live in? ‘Mediocre and conservative?’ Pence is a f—ing medieval, cold-blooded killer.”
As the Daily Wire noted, Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice reads: “Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
That being said, it seemed like absolutely no one wanted to touch a court martial for Rapone, no matter how many Change.org petitions went up. However, a separation is probably the best idea at this point, and while it may not be a dishonorable one, it certainly reflects on Rapone’s conduct.
Rapone was educated with taxpayer money with the expectation that he would serve his country more effectively and honorably. Instead, it ends with a guy who currently has a Dragon Ball Z animation pinned to the top of his Twitter account showing one of the musclebound aliens from that series with the caption “When the antifa supersoldier training is complete…” (No, really.)
So ends one of the sadder tenures in our armed forces that didn’t end with a stay in the brig. It’s probably best that it ended this way. I suppose I’d much prefer Rapone to repay America for the taxpayer dollars we spent on his education. However, it’s probably for the best that he stopped besmirching our armed forces at the earliest possible opportunity.
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