An alleged West Point Academy grad and U.S. Army Infantry officer ignited a firestorm on Twitter this week after posting photos of himself sporting pro-Communism messages and a Che Guevara t-shirt while in uniform.
Twitter user @punkproletarian, who also claims to be a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, posted two photos to his Twitter profile in support of Colin Kaepernick and displaying his apparent love for a political movement that’s responsible for more than 100 million deaths worldwide.
A photo posted to the same account back in August identifies the account as belonging to one Spenser Rapone.
As of right now, West Point Academy has yet to issue any statement on the photos, which are still making the rounds on social media. The school’s regulations, however, do include a stipulation that cadet uniforms “not be mixed with civilian clothes unless specifically directed or authorized by these regulations.”
While federal law extending to West Point students prohibits them from actively participating in political campaigns, the school has a recent history of allowing students to display overt political messaging. Last May, West Point officials determined that the actions of 16 black female students who posed in uniform with raised fists symbolic of the Black Power movement had been “inappropriate,” but did not violate the school’s rules.