West Point responds to controversial photo of cadet in uniform
The U.S. Military Academy is responding after a recent graduate posted photos of himself on Twitter in uniform while wearing clothing with pro-communist messages.
Monday, Second Lieutenant Spencer Rapone posted a photo on Twitter wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt underneath his military uniform.
Rapone graduated from West Point in May and is now a member of the 10th Mountain Division based on Fort Drum.
In an earlier post, Rapone was seen displaying the inside of his cap with the message "communists will win."
The tweet with that photo read “#veteranswithKaepernick," referring to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose protests over racial equality and police brutality during the national anthem eventually spurred President Donald Trump's critical comments last week.
A West Point statement reads:
"Second Lieutenant Rapone's actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army. 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. Second Lieutenant Rapone's chain of command is aware of his actions and is looking into the matter.”