Plaid Shirt Guy: Student Who Expressed Incredulity at Trump Speech in Viral Clip Expelled From Rally

A teenage high school student was removed from a Trump rally after live TV footage showed him expressing bewilderment and incredulity as the president addressed the crowd. 

Footage of the student positioned behind the president and raising his eyebrows and mouthing questions as Trump spoke during the rally in Billings, Montana, Thursday went viral, with Twitter users dubbing him “plaid shirt guy.”

GettyImages-1028020134 US President Donald Trump speaks during a 'Make America Great Again' rally in Billings, Montana on September 6, 2018. The student was in the crowd to the right of the president Getty Images

“We’ve picked up a lot of support,” Trump boasts to supporters at one point. 

“Have you?” the student appears to mouth. 

“Popular vote, you go to three, four states, then boom, boom, boom. It’s like the 100 yard dash versus the mile. You practice differently,” Trump said, before the teenager seems to mouth: “What?”

The footage shows the student leaving after a woman taps him on the shoulder and takes his place. Two friends Linfesty attended the rally with were then asked to move and replaced.

The teenager was subsequently identified by the Billings Gazette as Tyler Linfesty, a 17-year-old high school senior.

"I didn't really have a plan," Linfesty told the Gazette. "I was just going to clap for things I agreed with and not clap for things I didn't agree with."

In an interview with anchor Don Lemon on CNN Friday, Linfesty said he had not been told by rally organisers why he had been asked to move. 

“They didn’t really tell me anything. I think I know why they removed me, before the rally they told us we had to be enthusiastic you have to be clapping, you have to be cheering for Donald Trump and I wasn’t doing that because I wasn’t enthusiastic, and I wasn’t happy about what he was saying” he told CNN. 

“They tried to make me and my friends wear the MAGA hat, the Make America Great Again hat, and I was not wearing one, as you saw."

He told Lemon that after being asked to leave his place in the crowd, he was escorted to a back room where police and secret service asked for his identification and then "respectfully" told him to leave the event. 

The Gazette reported that Linfesty was asked to move after rally organisers spotted him pinning a rose emblem of the Democratic Socialists of America to his shirt. 

At the rally Thursday, Trump had boasted of his election win, and promised further action to halt immigration. 

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