North Dakota State player wore Democratic Socialists pin at the White House

A North Dakota State offensive lineman had a subtle way of displaying his political beliefs when visiting the White House on Monday.

The Bison were invited to the White House for (yet another) fast food feast by President Donald Trump to celebrate the team’s FCS championship game win over Eastern Washington. Offensive lineman Jack Albrecht was one of the players in attendance. And he wore a Democratic Socialists of America pin on his blazer.

The display did not go unnoticed by the Red River Valley Democratic Socialists of America. That’s the DSA chapter in Fargo, North Dakota. The RRVDSA highlighted Albrecht’s support on its Facebook page Monday night.

“Trump: SoCiAliSm WiLl NeVeR hApPeN

Rep. Kelly Armstrong: SoCiAliSm Is NoT fOr NoRtH DaKoTa,” the post read.

“DSA: Democratic socialism is for every worker on earth. You, me and 6-5, 275lb champion offensive linemen invited to the White House. Join us. #NDSUinDC #GoBison.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks behind stacks of McDonald's hamburgers and Chik-fil-a sandwiches as he welcomes members of the 2018 Division I FCS National Champion North Dakota State University football team at an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks behind stacks of McDonald's hamburgers, Chik-fil-a sandwiches and other fast food as he welcomes members of the 2018 Division I FCS National Champion North Dakota State University football team and other in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Members of the 2018 Division I FCS National Champion North Dakota State University football team and other guests stand behind a table of fast food sandwiches from McDonald's and Chick-Fil-A as they applaud the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald J. Trump welcomes the 2018 FCS Division I Football National Champions, the North Dakota State Bison team to the White House on March 4, 2019 in Washington,DC. - A spread of french fries, chic-fil-a sandwiches and Big Macs awaited the North Dakota State University Bison football team. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald J. Trump welcomes the 2018 FCS Division I Football National Champions, the North Dakota State Bison team to the White House on March 4, 2019 in Washington,DC. - A spread of french fries, chic-fil-a sandwiches and Big Macs awaited the North Dakota State University Bison football team. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a football jersey with his name on it between North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani (L) and quarterback Easton Stick (R) as he welcomes members of the 2018 Division I FCS National Champion North Dakota State University football team at an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Players begin to grab McDonald's and Chick-fil-A food after after U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed the FCS football champion North Dakota State Bison to a reception in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes the FCS football champion North Dakota State Bison, including coach Matt Entz (3rd R), quarterback Easton Stick (2nd R, shaking hands) and U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) (R), to a reception in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, speaks behind a table of fast food as he welcomes the 2018 Division 1 Football National Champions, the North Dakota State Bison, at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, March 4, 2019. The Bison have the most titles in the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision. Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg
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If you’ve been paying attention to politics at all lately you’ll know that the word “socialism” has been derided by Trump and other members of the Republican Party in opposition to proposals to expand government services like Medicare. The president and others like to use the chaos in Venezuela as an example of the failures of socialism, though the DSA platform is far, far closer to the governmental structures in place in many developed Western European countries.

And besides, even if you agree or disagree with Albrecht’s beliefs, you have to respect him for exercising his First Amendment right to free speech and peaceful protest.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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