Tyler Linfesty

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Tyler Linfesty (born c. 2000) is an American viral video sensation who caught the media's attention when he appeared in the audience of President Donald Trump's rally held in Billings, Montana on September 6, 2018. Linfesty made bewildered and unenthusiastic facial expressions behind the podium where the president was speaking.[1] All occurring live on national television, an official working at the rally had asked him to leave because of his facial expressions in the same camera shot of the president. Several hours following the rally, Linfesty was dubbed the "Plaid Shirt Guy" due to his plaid shirt and casual outfit on, with no Make America Great Again hat or any supporting clothing/gear in favor of the president, and became an instant viral video on social media platforms and news outlets.

The video was featured on dozens of national news publications, including The Washington Post,[2] CBS News,[3] Time,[4] CNN,[5] Newsweek,[6], Business Insider[1], and USA Today.[7]

Linfesty has said he is not a supporter of President Trump, however, he attended the rally just to experience seeing a president speak live. He said his now famous reactions to the president’s speech were honest but unintentional.

He is from Billings, Montana and is a senior at Billings West High School.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Choi, David (September 7, 2018). "'I had to be honest in my views': 'Plaid shirt guy' at Trump's rally in Montana says he didn't expect his facial expressions to be a viral hit". Business Insider. Insider Inc. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  2. Wang, Amy B. (September 8, 2018). "'I had to be real': #PlaidShirtGuy removed from Trump rally after viral facial expressions". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  3. "Montana teen removed from Trump's rally goes viral as #PlaidShirtGuy". CBS News. September 8, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  4. Martinez, Gina (September 8, 2018). "'Plaid Shirt Guy' Says Secret Service Detained Him After Being Kicked Out of President Trump's Montana Rally". Time. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  5. Stracqualursi, Veronica (September 8, 2018). "'Plaid shirt guy' thinks he was removed from Trump rally for 'not being enthusiastic enough'". CNN.com. Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  6. Porter, Tom (September 8, 2018). "PLAID SHIRT GUY: STUDENT WHO EXPRESSED INCREDULITY AT TRUMP SPEECH IN VIRAL CLIP EXPELLED FROM RALLY". Newsweek. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  7. Collins, Eliza (September 8, 2018). "'Plaid shirt guy' thinks he was kicked from Trump rally for not being excited enough". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  8. Kordenbrock, Mike (September 8, 2018). "#plaidshirtguy at Trump rally is ... a Billings high schooler". Billings Gazette. Lee Enterprises. Retrieved September 10, 2018.

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