The U.S. Army has opened an investigation into West Point graduate Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone for appearing to openly advocate for communism on social media.

Pictures of Rapone in uniform at West Point promoting pro-communism messages spread wildly around the internet Monday, in effect forcing West Point to issue a statement in response.

The statement noted the Army has launched an investigation into Rapone’s activities.

“The U.S. Military Academy strives to develop leaders who internalize the academy’s motto of Duty, Honor, Country, and who live the Army values,” West Point said in a statement released Tuesday.

“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.

The academy is prepared to assist the officer’s chain of command as required.”

In one picture, Rapone appears to have placed a paper sign in his hat saying: “Communism will win.”

In the other photo, Rapone is wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt underneath his uniform.

At a time when active-duty service members and veterans are being dragged into the recent controversy of the National Football League flag and anthem protests, the pictures immediately went viral.

Article posted with permission from The Daily News Caller Foundation

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