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Trump rally removes an unenthusiastic h.s. student

At a rally Friday in Billings, Montana, a high school student was asked to leave, he says, because he wasn’t demonstrative of his enthusiasm for President Donald Trump during the president’s remarks, CNN is reporting.

Tyler Linfesty was at the rally with friends and sat immediately behind the president in the VIP section—and in full view of TV cameras. At one point, as Mr Trump was describing how it was becoming harder and harder to win the popular vote, comparing it to running a 100-yard dash as opposed to a mile, Mr Linfesty appeared to say, “What?!” in disbelief.

Shortly after that, a woman walked in and stood in his place, asking him to leave. His friends were also asked to leave and replaced with another young woman, even though they weren’t making facial expressions or interjecting offensive commentary during the speech.

Mr Linfesty, who’s a senior at Billings West High School, told CNN he was escorted away from the rally and held for about 10 minutes then respectfully asked to leave, which he did, according to the report.

Prior to the rally, he said he had been asked to be enthusiastic but “to be honest with” his views. “I was just going to clap for things I agreed with and not clap for things I didn’t agree with,” the Associated Press quoted him as saying.

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