Student booted out of Trump rally over 'raised eyebrows' goes viral

Tyler Linfesty — also known as “plaid shirt guy” — was removed from his position behind Donald Trump at a rally in Billings Montana Thursday

Tyler Linfesty — also known as “plaid shirt guy” — was removed from his position behind Donald Trump at a rally in Billings Montana Thursday

Linfesty was positioned directly behind President Donald Trump and made several facial expressions as Trump spoke, before a staffer asked him to leave.

The Billings Gazette identifies him as Tyler Linfesty, a Billings West High School Senior.

"I didn't really have a plan", Linfesty told the Gazette. In fact, he said he clapped when Trump "railed against" the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and when the president said the 2016 Democratic primary was stolen from Bernie Sanders.

About an hour into Trump's speech, a woman can be seen walking over, speaking to the plaid-shirted man briefly and then taking his place.

"Before the rally, they told us you have to be enthusiastic, you have to be clapping, you have to be cheering for Donald Trump and I wasn't doing that because I wasn't enthusiastic and I wasn't happy with what he was saying", Tyler said, adding event organizers even tried to get his group to wear the classic, red MAGA baseball caps.

The high school student told the Montana newspaper he requested tickets to the rally earlier in the week. That's what led Tyler Linfesty to attend the president's rally in Montana last Thursday, before being removed for not "being enthusiastic enough".

"It's still hard for me to believe that people are recognizing me in the hallways as "plaid shirt guy" now", Linfesty said.

Going viral and becoming a meme is pretty easy in the age of Trump: Just stand behind The Orange One at his rallies and - this part's key - make silly faces during his speech.

Linfesty was later taken to a back room where police and Secret Service reportedly inspected his identification.

The teen, almost voting age, said he disagreed with most of those policies.

Choi notes that Trump's campaign rallies are often tightly controlled, and during a rally in IN, one of Trump's staffers was caught on camera using his hand to block a photographer taking a picture of a protester.

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