A Twitter user who is reportedly an active duty Army officer and West Point graduate signaled his support for former NFL quarterback-turned-social-justice-hero, Colin Kaepernick, as well as a proclamation that “Communism will win” – while in uniform, in a photo uploaded to his account this weekend.
Spenser Rapone posted the image of himself raising a clenched fist salute – a gesture know well within communist and radical leftist circles – with the caption “#VeteransForKaepernick” – a show of solidarity for NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
According to LawNewz, Rapone verified the authenticity of the photo when contacted for comment.
“LawNewz verified the legitimacy of the photograph with Rapone himself. He is currently in the field until Friday and unable to answer detailed questions.”
The photograph went viral on Twitter, with Rapone posting a follow-up depicting him at West Point Military Academy, flashing a ‘Che Guevara’ t-shirt under his dress uniform.
“In case there was any lingering doubt, hasta la victoria siempre,” reads his caption, a hat tip to “Hasta Siempre, Comandante,” an ode to Guevara that translates, “until victory, always.”
An investigation into other social media accounts that appear to belong to Rapone reflect a deep commitment to communist ideology, anti-Trump sentiments, and the violent leftist street thugs of Antifa.
An Instagram account sharing the same handle as Rapone’s Twitter account (@punkproletarian) is packed with communist propaganda, including a card that reads, “Kill every last capitalist dog.”
In his Twitter bio, which is decorated with communist emojis, he describes himself as a “Commie/space cowboy/straight edge insomniac,” and links to the account for “Democratic Socialist of America, Veterans Working Group.”
A linked personal blog contains a single entry composed after the controversial recent conflict in Charlottesville in which Rapone writes, “I would like to focus on a specific place that preserves the Confederate legacy not often-discussed: my alma mater, the United States Military Academy.”
“In every corner of West Point, New York, one can readily discover white supremacist iconography and visual rhetoric. There are some that stand out more than others. As we shall see, these sordid displays of the worst aspects of American history reify [sic] a profoundly racist culture that has existed since the inception of this country.”
“Until our demands are met, we continue the long march,” he concludes, a reference to the literal and figurative ‘long march’ of communism and the Red Chinese Army under Mao Zedong.
An article written by a “Spenser Rapone” that appeared in the New Castle News, a local publication operating very near to Rapone’s advertised hometown of Watertown, NY, begins, “Forget Trump, Clinton, even capitalism — embrace socialism.”