A photo of a West Point graduate making a fist salute with the phrase “Communism will win" written inside the lining of his cap is causing a firestorm.
Spenser Rapone, who graduated in 2016, posted the photo using the hashtag #veteransforkaepernick to show his support for the controversial quarterback, who triggered the NFL’s take-a-knee movement.
Social media erupted: “Wow!!! Open communists in the ranks."
Rapone is now serving as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, which told Inside Edition it was "looking into the matter.
"Our uniform represents every corner of our nation and it cannot be used to promote any single ideology."
President Trump continues to rip the NFL for failing to fire players who take a knee during the national anthem.
"The NFL is in a very bad box," the president told reporters before departing the White House for Indiana Wednesday. "You cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country. That's what they're doing, and in my opinion, the NFL has to change, or you know what's going to happen. Their business is going to go to hell."
He tweeted a video Tuesday of the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, stopping a TV interview at the 2012 Olympics when the "Star-Spangled Banner" was played.
Even Usain Bolt from Jamaica, one of the greatest runners and athletes of all time, showed RESPECT for our National Anthem! 🇺🇸🇯🇲 pic.twitter.com/zkenuAP9RS— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
Fifty-eight percent of Americans say pro athletes should be required to stand during the national anthem, a new Reuters poll shows.
In another poll by the news service, 57 percent of Americans believe the NFL should not fire players who take a knee prior to games.