#plaidshirtguy talks about viral fame stemming from President Trump's rally

Minnie Murray
September 10, 2018

- President Donald Trump attacked vulnerable Democrats as well as those in his own administration who seek to undermine his agenda, saying at a rally Thursday night in Montana that a senior administration official's anonymous, critical op-ed in The New York Times "backfired". However, the high school student told KTVQ that his facial expressions were in response to what Trump was saying and were completely natural.

Standing directly behind President Trump during his 75-minute rant was a plaid-clad young man, at times flashing incredulous, mocking faces directly to the camera as the president incoherently blustered about his critics. "Really, really unfair for the midterms", Trump said.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to shut down the government when funding runs out on September 30 if the U.S. Congress does not include enough money for a wall on the border with Mexico.

While the majority of media coverage has been focused on the issues addressed by the President, the rally in Billings also generated an unlikely meme: #PlaidShirtGuy, otherwise known as Tyler Linfesty.

Linfesty said two talking points he could agree with was when Trump railed against NAFTA, and said the 2016 primary election was stolen from Bernie Sanders.

"When I heard the policies, I disagreed with a lot of them", Linfesty said.

"The woman she came in, and she just said, 'I'm going to replace you.' And I just walked off".

Trump was interviewed by Fox News before a rally Thursday in Billings, Montana. "When I disagreed, it was pretty apparent I'd say". "But whenever I agreed with him, you know, I clapped", Linfesty said.


The Trump campaign did not return a request for comment Saturday morning.

The weird incident happened as the United States president addressed a campaign rally crowd in Montana.

Linfesty claimed nobody actually told him why he was booted from the venue - he says he had his ID checked before being escorted away from the rally, as a piece in USA Today has noted. I was not trying to make those faces.

IF you're ever in the same room as Donald Trump be warned, if you're not enthusiastic about it you'll be kicked out.

He had, in fact, attended a rally with Vice President Mike Pence the month before, also in Billings, with little fanfare.

Tester said again on Tuesday that he wanted to meet with Kavanaugh.

"I saw this woman walking toward me on the left", Linfesty told the paper. "I would of made those faces if anyone were to say that to me". I wasn't clapping [when I disagreed with things he said].

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