"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. A woman came up and told Linfesty she was replacing him.
Linfesty told MTN News that he won VIP tickets, which also got him a picture with the President.
The teen was seen clapping at several points throughout Trump's speech - including when Trump remarked on Sen. In fact, he said he clapped when Trump "railed against" the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and when the president said the 2016 Democratic primary was stolen from Bernie Sanders.
"They told us while we were sitting there, 'you guys have to keep clapping, you have to smile, you have to look enthusiastic, '" Linfesty told the Gazette.
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"I mean I'm not going to pass up the opportunity to see the president of the United States", he said.
Tyler Linfesty - who became knows as "plaid shirt guy" on social media - was removed from his position behind Trump at a rally in Billings, Montana Thursday. A few minutes later, two of his friends were also escorted away from the spot behind the President.
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. "They treated me fine", he said.
"When I heard the policies, I disagreed with a lot of them", the teen told KTVQ.
Choi notes that Trump's campaign rallies are often tightly controlled, and during a rally in IN, one of Trump's staffers was caught on camera using his hand to block a photographer taking a picture of a protester.