Stephen: Plaid shirt guy from Trump rally discusses viral fame
The plaid-clad young man who went viral for the faces he made during President Donald Trump’s rally in Montana last week has been identified as Tyler Linfesty, a 17-year-old high school student from Billings. “It feels unbelievable, I cant comprehend it,” he tells CNN of his newfound fame. “The last 24 hours have been insane, people at school recognize me as the ‘plaid shirt guy.'” Linfesty, who was approached and replaced in the audience by a woman in a black dress, says that secret service later escorted him into a backroom for 10 minutes and looked at his ID. He also tells The Daily Beast that he was “randomly chosen” to stand behind Trump after signing up to attend the rally. He identifies as a Democrat, but said he didn’t want to pass up a chance to see the president speak.