Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Meet The Trump Rally's "Plaid Shirt Guy"

Meet The Trump Rally's

At one such point Thursday night, Linfesty was spotted mouthing the words, "Have you?" in response to the President's claim that he has "gotten a lot of support" in the wake of the anonymous New York Times op-ed author and the writer's claim of a "resistance" within the Trump administration.

Tyler Linfesty - who became knows as "plaid shirt guy" on social media - was removed from his position behind Trump at a rally in Billings, Montana Thursday.

The 17-year-old went viral with the hashtag #PlaidShirtGuy during Mr. Trump's rally for his looks of disbelief and raising his eyebrows. Instead, Linfesty was wearing a Democratic Socialists of America pin. The same group of staffers reviewed a photo of the emblem and searched online for more information.

"I didn't really have a plan", he added. "I knew what faces I was making, but those faces were completely genuine. So when I got back there, I knew I was going to be genuine". Some stuff I agreed with, some stuff I disagreed with.

"I wasn't trying to protest, those were just my actual honest reactions", Linfesty told CNN.

'When he said something insane, I thought, "Wow that's insane", and when he said something I thought was reasonable I thought, "well, that's reasonable",' the teen said, insisting he was not seeking attention with his dramatic reactions. So whenever I disagree with him, you could tell that I disagreed.

"I'm going to take your place now", Linfesty recalled the woman saying.

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Linfesty, a high school senior, said the people set to stand behind the president were told: "you have to be enthusiastic, you have to be clapping, you have to be cheering for Donald Trump".

Linfesty's two friends later got replaced as well even though they were not making facial expressions. He quickly turned into into a meme and earned him the name "plaid shirt guy".

"They told us while we were sitting there, 'you guys have to keep clapping, you have to smile, you have to look enthusiastic, '" Linfesty told the Gazette.

Afterward, Secret Service looked at his ID and told him to leave, Linfesty told CNN Friday.

One of the two in the FFA jacket is Jack Bernhardt, who replied to Wilson: "I was the FFA kid on his right and I very much appreciate your comment!"

Linfesty said he disagreed with "plenty" of what the president said but wasn't against all of it.

Asked how he feels now about his new-found internet fame, Linfesty said, "It feels unreal".

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