President Donald Trump’s rally in Billings, Montana, on Thursday had many strange moments, including a tangent where he speculated about his potential impeachment and an instance where he seemed unable to pronounce the word “anonymous.” Perhaps oddest of all, though, was that several people standing behind Trump were replaced on camera as the evening went on.

A man in a plaid shirt was replaced seemingly after he made a series of animated facial expressions as the president spoke.

One of the audience members reacts to Trump's speech in Montana: "Today's Democrat Party is held hostage by haters, absolute haters, left-wing haters."

— David Choi (@choibboy) September 7, 2018

"They had me stomping around screaming with anger, up in my area of the White House, where I lived with my wife and son …"

— David Choi (@choibboy) September 7, 2018

A woman, who some people on Twitter said looked like to be longtime Republican operative Zina Bash, eventually came and took the man’s place on camera. You can watch the moment below:

Jesus it's some hunger games shit up in here.

— Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) September 7, 2018

That man was not the only one removed from his spot behind Trump during the speech. As seen in the clip below, a man and woman in the same row were replaced by two blond women. The resulting image is Trump flanked by young women.

When you realize halfway through a Trump rally that the people in the bleachers need to be peppier and blonder.

— Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) September 7, 2018

It’s not uncommon that Trump’s rallies feature a mix of supporters and protesters, leaving Trump staffers to handle situations quickly and quietly.

But these swaps are particularly egregious considering they were all mid-speech and directly behind the president, and the people who were swapped out didn’t appear to be doing anything wrong.

The White House did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Social media, however, was all too quick to comment on the mayhem behind Trump:

advance team kicks out Serious Face Plaid Man who has stood stone-faced behind Trump looking very unimpressed for the entire rally

— James Allen (@jamesallen) September 7, 2018

At Trump’s Montana rally, some of his supporters seemed irritated. Some seemed unenthusiastic and even bored.Is this why multiple supporters were swapped out?

— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) September 7, 2018

Weird that Zina Bash replaced a young man behind Trump midway through the rally…

— Taylor Brennan (@aztbaby) September 7, 2018

Weirdest thing just happened at Trump rally in Montana. The guy in plaid shirt behind Trump must not hv been cheering enough so a woman walked up and asked him to move and She took his spot #inners #maddow #LastWord

— Kikkay (@NikkisBubble) September 7, 2018

Musical props at the #TrumpRally. As Trump rants about #FakeNews, watch the real phony show behind him. People not cheering or as attractive are getting removed by white women shills. Latest were ordinary-looking man and woman. #Montana #ShellGame. Watch

— ScanMyPhotos ??? (@ScanMyPhotos) September 7, 2018

Wtf was Zina Bash doing behind Trump at his rally tonight in Montana? Did she go with him from DC?

— NJMonsees JD (@NJMonsees) September 7, 2018

This post has been updated.


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