The best thing in the world this week was the guy in the plaid shirt standing behind Trump at his rally in Montana. Plaid shirt guy made hilarious faces throughout Trump’s speech and mouthed messages to the cameras every time Trump told a lie.
Donald Trump’s rallies have become completely predictable and rather boring. But, on Thursday night, his rally in Billings, Montana was actually a whole lot of fun. But it was fun because, while Trump was droning on about how great he thinks he is, there was a young man standing behind him mocking him with hilarious facial expressions.
The guy who has become known as “plaid shirt guy” standing directly behind Trump was 17-year-old Tyler Linfesty, a Billings West High School senior who calls himself a Democratic Socialist.
Linfesty told the Daily Beast that he was chosen randomly to stand behind Trump at the rally. He and his two friends were asked to wear MAGA hats and hold signs. And they were told that they had to be enthusiastic during Trump’s speech.
But Linfesty was clearly no fan of Trump’s.
“I just wanted to go, just see the President and hear what he had to say. I mean, I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to see the President of the United States,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon.
At one point when Trump was carrying on about his electoral college win, plaid shirt guy mouthed the word, “What?!” And when Trump said that he has picked up a lot of support for his deep state theory Linfesty raised his eyebrows and said, “You have??”
Linfesty said that those were “actual, honest” reactions he had to Trump’s remarks, adding, “I was not trying to protest.”
“When I got back there, I knew that I was going to be genuine. I was going to give my actual reaction to the things he said. So whenever I disagree with him, you could tell that I disagreed. But whenever I agreed with him, you know, I clapped,” Linfesty said.
Eventually, Trump’s people got wise to what was going on. And they forced Linfesty to leave the stage. They replaced his two friends as well, even though they weren’t making faces.
“Before the rally, they told us that, you know, you have to be enthusiastic and be clapping and 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.”
A man wearing a plaid shirt sitting directly behind Trump at his Montana rally was asked to leave after making faces and mouthing messages during the president's speech pic.twitter.com/yXtKTRU7hE
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