He's a high schooler named Tyler Linfesty, who said he didn't want to fake being enthusiastic for the president. Linfesty, who was there with two other friends from his school, was noticeably replaced as a young and attractive Trump supporter moved in to take his place. Some Secret Service guys took me backstage and told me to wait. "I see people at school recognize me, 'Hey, that's plaid shirt guy.' Yeah, that's me".
Linfesty told local paper the Billings Gazette that he found out that morning he had been selected to attend the rally and meet the president.
"When he said something insane, I thought 'Wow that's insane, ' and when he said something I thought was reasonable I thought, 'well, that's reasonable'". He contacted the president's campaign and asked to reserve seats for his friends.
"I was not trying to protest, those were just my actual, honest reactions".
"Each time I see one of these rallies, I see people behind Donald Trump clapping and cheering and being super enthusiastic", Linfesty said. Linfesty, who wears a Democratic socialist pin, reacted in real-time to what Trump was saying by raising his eyebrows and mouthing responses.
"I saw this woman walking toward me on the left", Linfesty told the paper.
After he was removed from the prime seating just behind Trump and in full view of the cameras, Linfesty said Secret Service members escorted him into a small room where they sat him down and asked for identification. At one point in the clip, a brunette-haired Trump rally staffer approaches the man and makes him leave.
"The woman, she came in and she just said, 'I'm going to replace you.' I just walked off, I knew I was getting out for not being enthusiastic enough, but I decided not to fight it", he added.
'When he said something insane, I thought, "Wow that's insane", 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. "They just told me not to come back".
Linfesty said he didn't go to the event with the intention of making a scene, but couldn't help himself while listening to Trump.