#PlaidShirtGuy Tyler Linfesty Kicked Out Of Trump Montana Rally After Viral Facial Expressions
A teenager dubbed “plaid shirt guy” went viral at President Donald Trump‘s rally in Billings, Montana, on Thursday after he made a series of hilarious facial expressions that seemingly led to his removal from the event.
Tyler Linfesty, a 17-year-old student from Billings West High School, stood just a few rows behind Trump and appeared to have a reaction to nearly everything the president said.
“We’ve picked up a lot of support,” Trump said at one point in the rally, and Linfesty replied by mouthing “Have you?”
this was one of my favorites ‘we’ve picked up a lot of support’ plaid shirt guy ‘HAVE YOU!??’ pic.twitter.com/omM7i8zwPh
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During a different moment in the rally, Trump asserted: “We have the best economy in history!” and the youngster again looked confused and gave his friend next to him a perplexed glance.
The hashtag #PlaidShirtGuy quickly began trending on social media as users became delighted by Linfesty’s facial expressions.
Not all heroes wear capes. Tyler Linfesty wears plaid! #IAmPlaidShirtGuy 🙌 #SuperHeroes #Resist at the #MontanaRally 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/OvT3FxGvwk
— Zan Đoyle (@ZanDoyle) September 7, 2018
According to the Washington Post, Linfesty claimed he never meant to mock the president. Although he is reportedly not a supporter of Trump, he said he wanted to attend the rally because he just wanted to get a chance to see the commander in chief.
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“Whenever we thought he said something completely outrageous, we would look at each other and say, like, ‘Did he really just say that?’ Did that really just happen?’ ” he told the Post. “I wasn’t planning on trolling him or protesting. When I heard something that I disagreed with, I visibly disagreed. I had to be real with myself. I’m not going to pretend to support something I don’t support.”
Two of the 17-year-old’s friends were also removed from the rally.
Linfesty also told CNN‘s Don Lemon he did not intend to spark a protest at the rally.
“I was not trying to protest.” This high school student was nicknamed #PlaidShirtGuy after he was asked to leave a Trump rally after making animated facial expressions during the President’s speech. He speaks to CNN’s @DonLemon. https://t.co/nvMnN487jv pic.twitter.com/zbyqLc7pXs
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) September 8, 2018
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