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Rubio Wants Army to Remove Infantry Officer After Pro-Communist Posts

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By    |   Wednesday, 04 Oct 2017 02:07 PM

The Army should remove an officer that posted pro-communist views on his social media, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Second Lt. Spenser Rapone posted photos on Twitter, including one of himself holding a military hat that said, "Communism will win," according to the Washington Examiner.

"While I strongly believe academic institutions must respect the exchange of ideas and allow students to voice their opinions, members of the military who harbor anti-American views and express their desire to harm our country and its leaders are unfit to serve and defend our nation — and should not enjoy the privilege of attending or graduating from an institution such as West Point, a taxpayer-funded military academy," Rubio wrote in a letter to Ryan McCarthy, the acting Army secretary.

Rapone also has called Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis "evil," and said he would "happily dance" on the grave of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., according to the Examiner.

"His conduct, writings, and sympathies for American adversaries predates his commission in the Army," Rubio added.

The senator said in the letter that the officer's social media posts show that he had plans to "infiltrate and sabotage" the U.S. military.

West Point should recall Rapone's degree and he should have to pay back his tuition to the U.S. Military Academy, Rubio wrote.

"This is clearly not just a matter of law, but also of common sense, and I can only assume Rapone's unchecked behavior is an extreme embarrassment for the United States Army and the United States Military Academy," Rubio said in the letter.

The picture Rapone posted of his military hat with the communist message could result in administrative or punitive action, according to Syracuse.com.

"Soldiers are encouraged to vote in elections and express their personal opinions on public issues. However, the Army has strict rules regarding the wear and appearance of Army uniforms," said Tonya Stokes, speaking for the military post where Rapone is assigned in New York, according to Syracuse.com.

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