By David Futrelle
Well, the post I was working on for tonight turned into a much bigger post than I expected; I’ll put it up some time later this weekend if I can wrestle it into shape by then. In the meantime, have this OPEN THREAD celebrating the new hero of the moment, Plaid Shirt Guy.
Plaid shirt guy (real name Tyler Linfesty) was randomly picked to be one of those directly behind Donald Trump at his rally in Billings, Montana last night. Not a fan of Trump, Linfesty was caught on camera responding to a number of Trump’s more outlandish assertions with obvious and rather comical disbelief — until Trump’s people ushered him off the stage and into the arms of the Secret Service, who ultimately tossed him from the rally and send him on his way.
Here’s one of Linfesty’s finest moments:
This guy rules pic.twitter.com/TgP1sHycVC
— Joe Bidet 2020 (@Squanch_Me) September 7, 2018
Here he is being given the hook:
— Billings DSA (@Billings_DSA) September 7, 2018
Shortly after that, several other rallygoers standing behind Trump were also sent on their way:
When you realize halfway through a Trump rally that the people in the bleachers need to be peppier and blonder. pic.twitter.com/NytEn23a9g
— Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) September 7, 2018
Linfesty’s reactions were a bit reminiscent of Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker’s legendary caught-on-camera response to some of Sean Spicer’s baffling pronouncements at one White House briefing. Here you can compare the two:
— sophie tylenol (@sophietylenol) September 7, 2018
The Daily Beast tracked Linfesty down after the event to ask him about his experience and his affiliation with the Democratic Socialists of America.
One more little video, this one turning Trump’s weird mispronunciation of the word “anonymous” into something rather glorious.
— Levi Gibian (@LeviGibian) September 7, 2018
We live in deeply weird times. Discuss.