The young man booted from a Trump rally in Billings, Montana on Thursday said he wasn't trying to mock the president with his overly-dramatic facial expressions.
In a viral video, a man in a plaid shirt is seen snickering, throwing puzzled looks at the camera and mouthing disagreements during Trump's speech. At one point in the clip, a brunette-haired Trump rally staffer approaches the man and makes him leave.
Soon after, another Trump rally staffer appears on camera and makes two more guests leave.
High school student Tyler Linfesty came forward as the plaid shirt guy telling KTVQ that his facial expressions were natural reactions to what Trump was saying.
'When I heard the policies, I disagreed with most of them,' Linfesty said. 'I knew what faces I was making, but those faces were completely genuine. I was not trying to make those faces, those were just faces that came out when I heard what he was saying. Some stuff I agreed with, some stuff I disagreed with. When I disagreed, it was pretty apparent.'
The 17-year-old student said he and two of his friends were randomly chosen to stand behind Trump during the rally. He told The Daily Beast that he had won VIP tickets and met Trump before the rally started for a photo-op.
‘When people signed up to go to the rally, their names were placed into a draw and I was chosen. Because I won, I got an opportunity to meet the president,’ he said.
At one point during the rally, Linfesty mouths 'What when Trump discussed defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016. The teen also chuckled when the president boasted about ‘knocking the hell out of the terrorists’.
Linfesty seemed puzzled when Trump made the claim that the country was thriving. The teen was also seen mouthing 'for the rich' when Trump spoke about his tax bill.
‘When he said something crazy, I thought, “Wow that’s crazy,” and when he said something I thought was reasonable I thought, “well, that’s reasonable”,' the teen said, insisting he was not seeking attention with his dramatic reactions.
‘I took each issue individually,' he told the outlet.
Linfesty, who is a part of the Democratic Socialists of America, said he saw the Trump rally staffer approaching and knew he was about to be kicked out. He told the Daily Beast that the woman told him, ‘I’m going to take your place now’ before making him leave.
‘I knew I was getting kicked out for not clapping so I didn’t fight it. After about 10 minutes they told me to leave and not come back and that was it,' he said.
Linfesty said the other two people kicked out after him were his friends.
Trump seemed completely unaware that he was being upstaged by his guests.
His staffers were not in the dark however, and made the quick decision to eject the three guests from the stage and block a fourth from the cameras in the middle of President Trump's remarks.
The young girl who was blocked by the staffer had been all over the place on Thursday.
That youngster was happy at times and yelling at others, and at one point she could be seen wiping her nose with the American flag.
That move prompted one Twitter user to write: 'If you don’t #TakeAKnee ..then the nose must do.. #Sniffle Protest.'
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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