Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

#PlaidShirtGuy goes viral for facial expressions during Trump's Billings rally

#PlaidShirtGuy goes viral for facial expressions during Trump's Billings rally

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".

Linfesty said the facial expressions that caused him to go viral were just his natural reactions to what the president was saying.

"I didn't really have a plan", Linfesty told the Gazette. He says he was told to smile and clap but "had to be honest with my views".

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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.

The high school student told the Montana newspaper he requested tickets to the rally earlier in the week.

Linfesty said he disagreed with "plenty" of what the president said but wasn't against all of it. He quickly became immortalized on the internet as "Plaid Shirt Guy" after he was spotted visibly reacting to the president's words just behind his right shoulder.

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"In this case, there were like seven people there", Tyler added. "I knew what faces I was making, but those faces were completely genuine". "She just said to me, 'I'm going to replace you'". "They treated me fine", he said.

"When I heard the policies, I disagreed with a lot of them", the teen told KTVQ.

Prior to the rally, Tyler managed to have his picture taken with Trump while wearing the Democratic Socialists emblem and also tried getting Trump to sign a copy of the "Communist Manifesto", which was disguised as Trump's book, "The Art of the Deal", according to the Gazette.

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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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