Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wants the Army to remove an officer who posted pictures of himself on social media promoting pro-communist messages, and is asking the United States Military Academy to consider rescinding his degree.
Rubio sent a letter to acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Tuesday to complain about 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone’s conduct, and to ask whether West Point’s administrators or faculty knew about his pro-communist views. Rapone is now an infantry officer in the Army.
“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 certainly should not enjoy the privilege of attending or graduating from an institution such as West Point, a taxpayer-funded military academy,” Rubio wrote.
Rapone posted two photos on Twitter last week expressing pro-communist views. In one photo, the West Point graduate opened the buttons of his uniform to reveal a Che Guevara T-shirt underneath.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.