Going viral and becoming a meme is pretty easy in the age of Trump: Just stand behind The Orange One at his rallies and — this part's key — make silly faces during his speech.
Doing so will turn all eyeballs from The Donald to you. It'll also get your removed from the rally courtesy of the Secret Service. But, worth it!
This is exactly what happened when Tyler Linfesty attended a Trump rally in Montana on Sept. 6. 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.
So about the man in the plaid shirt standing behind Trump at his Montana rally last night who was switched out midway through. It appears the reason is that he was mocking Trump. Here he is mouthing “what?!?” in response to Trump’s ranting commentary:pic.twitter.com/XFHM5CTHri
— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) September 7, 2018
this was one of my favorites ‘we’ve picked up a lot of support’ plaid shirt guy ‘HAVE YOU!??’ pic.twitter.com/omM7i8zwPh
— Katie Moeser (@IamKatieMoe) September 7, 2018
Weirdest thing just happened at Trump rally in Montana. The guy in plaid shirt behind Trump must not hv been cheering enough so a woman walked up and asked him to move and She took his spot #inners #maddow #LastWord pic.twitter.com/pTOq2kBwgb
— Kikkay (@NikkisBubble) September 7, 2018
"Some people thought I was being disrespectful – I was not planning to be disrespectful," Linfesty told ABC Fox Montana. "Some people thought I was part of a conspiracy theory, like I was planted there, my friends were planted there — I was not planted there."
Linfesty says he was just there to meet Trump, shake his hand, and take a photo with him.
"I was just there to see the president and I had my natural reactions when I thought he said something I disagreed with, I visibly disagreed," says Linfesty.
Linfesty was removed from the event mid-way through Trump's speech, after which the Secret Service asked him to leave — and not come back — according to CNN.
You can see him being whisked away right at the 50:45 mark in the entire video below:
"I think I know why they removed me. It’s because, well before the rally they told us that ‘you have 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, I wasn’t happy with what he was saying."
Whatever, man! The Internet has deemed you meme-worthy. Just look at how many people you made happy:
I don't know who you are kid, but right now, you're my hero. #plaidshirtguy
— erin chapin (@erinkchapin) September 7, 2018
— itsallrealitv (@itsallrealitv) September 7, 2018
Congrats and enjoy the spotlight because it won't last forever.