Billings, Montana’s Tyler Linfesty, a 17 year old high school student, went viral after his entertainingly honest facial expressions stole the show at Thursday night’s Trump rally. Linfesty, known to the internet as “Plaid Shirt Guy”, and his friends Erik “MAGA Hat Girl” Hovland (who is actually a guy, not a girl) and Christian “Eye Roll Guy” Dunlap, ended up directly behind President Trump after Tyler won VIP tickets to the rally, according to the Billings Gazette.
Their unexpectedly prime seats put them directly behind the president and in front of the TV audience. Tyler, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, says his expressions were genuine, if not the enthusiastic ones the rally organizers were hoping for.
“When I heard the policies, I disagreed with most of them,” Linfesty said. “I knew what faces I was making, but those faces were completely genuine. I was not trying to make those faces, those were just faces that came out when I heard what he was saying. Some stuff I agreed with, some stuff I disagreed with. When I disagreed, it was pretty apparent.”
He told the Billings Gazette that he was told to “keep clapping, you have to smile, you have to look enthusiastic.” But, he said, “I had to be honest in my views.”CBS
Tyler is seen directly behind Trump’s right shoulder saying “What?” when the president is talking about the popular vote.
Tyler told the Gazette that he was eventually approached by a woman he recognized as a staffer and informed that she was replacing him. He left without a fuss, believing he was removed because of his lack of enthusiasm.
He was escorted to a back room where police and Secret Service looked at his ID and then after about 10 minutes told him he could leave, Linfesty said. He said he didn’t feel mistreated at all during the encounter with police and Secret Service.
“They treated me fine,” he said. “They just told me not to come back.”The Billings Gazette
In another exchange, before Tyler was removed, Erik appeared to look upset by Trump’s asking the crowd to boo the press and said, “That’s horrible” to Tyler. Erik Hovland and Christian Dunlap exchange a look in which Christian eloquently rolls his eyes and earns his nick name.
A few minutes after Tyler was replaced, Erik and Christian were also asked to leave and replaced by a staffer.
“She talked to me and she said like, ‘OK, you can go now,'” Dunlap said. “And I was like ‘What?’ And then she said ‘You can go join your friend.’ So I grabbed my stuff and, like, shuffled out of there, and then they started smiling and waving, you know.”Billings Gazette
Twitter had a blast with the three teenagers who maintain they were not there to make fun of Trump supporters or protest. They went to a rally because they wanted the opportunity to hear the president speak and expressed their reactions to his words honestly.