Guy in Plaid Shirt Makes Amazing Faces Behind Trump at Billings, Montana Rally — Trump Rally Resister Removed


Donald Trump, the Patron Saint of being owned by literally everyone around him, is having a banner week. Venerated Watergate journalist Bob Woodward published a book about the Trump White House entitled Fear in which he was basically like, “DO I HAVE TO SPELL IT OUT TO YOU PEOPLE? I DID WATERGATE. THIS GUY=DUMB NIXON.” So, that wasn’t great.

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Then, a day later, a nonny mouse in the West Wing published a brave self-serving Op-Ed in the New York Times that was like, “So, Dumb Nixon is also totes bonkers but we didn’t want to cause a fuss, so we’re just hiding the bombs from him. TTFN America!” So, that was less than ideal.

Members of the administration sprang into action, each one of them issuing a desperate denial. It was like Peter at the Last Supper had access to a Twitter account and his eye on a future book deal. Gotta say, I had actually forgotten that Rick Perry had a job, so this was a good reminder of who the villains in this story are.

Like the well-oiled machine that it is, the White House was unable to narrow down the list of suspects to anything less than 52% of the country and growing.

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Fortunately, for our embattled, rattled, and addled “leader,” the antidote to finding out he’s Jack Nicholson in the third act of The Departed is to fly to a square state and yell at a bunch of white people for an hour or so. Trump holding a random rally whenever he’s feeling low is like Sally Field’s daytime star in Soapdish going to the mall in sunglasses and making Whoopi Goldberg cause a scene by noticing her publicly. Except 9,000 times less fabulous. That movie had Carrie Fisher and Terri Hatcher at the height of their powers; Trump could never.

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Fortunately for you, me, and whatever kind of person watches these rallies live on television as part of some sort of CIA extreme exposure program, a dude with facial expressions galore and zero effs to give managed to position himself behind Trump’s right shoulder for a good half of the rally, providing a sort of wordless running comedy like a silent film version of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.


All hail Resistance Jim Halpert and his many faces of incredulity. It really speaks to the quality of the Trump propaganda machine in general that this guy—who looks like he works as a producer on a Crooked Media podcast and is on a sketch comedy team in his spare time, the two most liberal of pursuits—was able to not only get on the dais behind Trump but got the prime over the shoulder position. Most people on Trump’s rally dais opt for simple sign holding and dead-eyed staring into the lens, daring it to take their souls like that animatronic Lincoln that’s barely hanging on.

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Not Resistance Jim Halpert, who began the rally simply not clapping and occasionally shooting a knowing glance at the cameras.

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About five minutes into Trump’s remarks, MAGA Hemsworth over to Trump’s left gets a little suspicious. The potential for drama makes an early appearance!

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Shockingly, Resistance Jim Halpert is able to maintain his position in enemy territory, pulling faces like he just put the nuclear codes in a Jell-o mold, for a full thirty minutes before being kicked out.

Here’s him 15 minutes into Trump’s diatribe. Shewk:

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Here’s the very best reaction series ever put on a human skull:

Here’s him 25 minutes in. The Force is strong with this one, but the Dark Side is calling. Meanwhile, across town, MAGA Hemsworth did a costume change!

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At 26 and a half minutes into Trump’s speech, you have to admire Jim’s continued commitment to incredulity. Keep shock alive, brother!

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At 27 minutes in, everyone in this photo is wondering if they left the iron on when they left the house.

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Just a note, this is a full hour into the video, meaning these people on the dais have been standing for at least that long, if not longer. They could be at home retweeting Roseanne and burning their Nikes but instead they chose to serve their country by standing behind a man as he lied for a while to feed his ego. That’s true patriotism.

After roughly 32 minutes of listening to Trump, Resistance Jim reaches a breaking point. Herewith, a triptych of a dude who is just over it:

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And then, finally, at minute 1:05:30 in the video, after reacting to Trump for a full 35 uninterrupted minutes, Resistance Jim is finally caught and released, like an endangered species of fish that the administration is trying to relax hunting restrictions around.

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A messenger arrives in all-black with a missive from the Control Room. They do not think Jim is a genuine believer. He continues, bless him, to plumb the depths of incredulity.

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She touches him and probably says some very stern words. His performance reaches Glenn Close levels of commitment and facial elasticity.

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And then he is gone. Replaced by a blank expression. As if he was never there to begin with.

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But wait! MAGA Hemsworth shows signs of breaking. The Resistance Lives On!

Props to Resistance Jim for this act of courage and props to me for watching an hour of Trump speaking on mute. We’re the real heroes here.

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