Plaid Shirt Guy at Trump rally goes viral


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.

Linfesty says he was just there to meet Trump, shake his hand, and take a photo with him.

Tyler said in the end, Secret Service officers escorted him to a back room, looked at his ID and "very respectfully asked that I leave and not come back".

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"I didn't really have a plan", Tyler told The Billings Gazette. The high school senior's reactions went viral the next morning and prompted amateur facial readers to analyze what he was saying.

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. 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. He says he was told to smile and clap but "had to be honest with my views". The internet was quick to fall in love, dubbing him "Plaid Shirt Guy", but event organizers were seemingly less than pleased. "I don't think any of us had any idea we were going to be that big on TV, because whenever I see a Trump rally, you see Trump, you see hundreds of people behind him - that's my experience at least".

"Some people thought I was being disrespectful - I was not planning to be disrespectful", Linfesty told ABC Fox Montana. His friends were also replaced.

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He believes he was asked to leave because he did not appear happy enough during Trump's speech.

"Those faces were completely genuine".

"I was not wearing one, as you saw".

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