Plaid Shirt Guy

Plaid Shirt Guy

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Updated Sep 10, 2018 at 10:42AM EDT by Matt.

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Plaid Shirt Guy refers to the facial expressions of Tyler Linfesty, who while seated directly behind United States President Donald Trump at a support rally, made a series seemingly confused, skeptical and sarcastic facial expressions directed toward the president and the president's speech. Video of the rally of Linfesty's various expressions, as well as his forced exit from the camera's view, went viral, as people praised and joked about his reaction.


On September 6th, 2018, at a rally for President Trump in Billings, Montana, cameras at the event recorded then-high school student Tyler Linfesty making a series of skeptical facial reactions to the content President Trump's speech.[1] Linfesty could be seen over Trump's right shoulder grimacing, raising his eyebrows and mouthing the word "what" as Trump spoke about the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. After nearly an hour of Linfesty contradicting and questioning Trump's speech with his reaction, a woman approached him and took his spot as Linfesty left the camera's view.


That day, Twitter [2] user @RanttMedia tweeted a video of the moment with the caption "At Trump’s Montana rally, some of his supporters seemed irritated. Some seemed unenthusiastic and even bored. Is this why multiple supporters were swapped out?" The tweet (shown below) received more than 13,000 retweets, 26,000 likes and 1.6 million views in four days.

The following day, September 7th, Twitter[3] user @AmoneyResists tweeted a video of Linfesty mouthing "what?" The post (shown below) received more than 16,000 retweets, 54,000 like and 1.93 million views in three days.

Others shared their appreciation and enjoyment of Linfesty, whom the people referred to as "plaid shirt guy." On September 7th, recording artist Nancy Sinatra tweeted,[4] "#plaidshirtguy is my new hero." The tweet (shown below, left) received more than 315 retweets and 2,600 likes in three days. Twitter[5] user @erinkchapin tweeted, "I don't know who you are kid, but right now, you're my hero. #plaidshirtguy." Within three days, the tweet (shown below, center) received more than 1,300 retweets and 10,000 likes. Twitter[6] user @mmpadellan tweeted, "Instead of focusing on "Extreme Vetting" at the borders, trumpers would kindly appreciate that they focus on keeping folks like #plaidshirtguy out of their rallies. His expressions invite too much truthiness into their trumpiness. I love this guy!" The tweet (shown below, right) received more than 1,800 retweets and 6,200 likes in three days.

#plaidshirtguy is my new hero I don't know who you are kid, but right now you're my hero. #plaidshirtguy Instead of focusing on "Extreme Vetting" at the borders, trumpers would kindly appreciate that they focus on keeping folks like #plaidshirtguy out of their rallies His expressions invite too much truthiness into their trumpiness. I love this guy! erm83958021 15h Trump homever sets up the cr y in the green plaid shi ey need to take their jo

On September 7th, Linfesty appeared on CNN. In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Linfesty explained his actual reaction to the campaign speech. Within three days of the video being posted to YouTube, the video (shown below) received more than 2 million views.

Several media outlets covered the popularity of Plaid Shirt Guy, including The Washington Post,[7] The New York Times,[8] Elite Daily,[9] The Daily Dot [10] and more. On September 7th, Twitter[11] published a Moments page based on reactions to the video.

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The fact that he and a few others actually got removed from the rally over making faces or being disappointed is so fucking funny&somewhat telling and something that would without a doubt get criticized and memed to hell and back here if it was over someone else but since it's cheeto boy, can't wait for that fact to get thrown out the window as everyone screeches about how this is another trump meme that left twitter uses so it must be mocked for karma.

And yea, without a doubt there are countless unfunny and worthless trump memes made because left twitter was extremely desperate, too many to count, but hey it'd make me a happy man if more people here focused on how you can get thrown out of a rally for frowning.


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