One day before an unidentified climber took to Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, a video appeared on YouTube posted by someone with the profile name Leven Thumps, announcing his intention to scale the skyscraper and his motives for doing so. He was subsequently identified as Steve from Virginia.
In the video entitled “Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower)” (ripped below), a hoodie-clad young man claims to be “an independent researcher seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter.”
He continues: “I guarantee you that it is in your interests to honor this request. Believe me. If my purpose was not significant, I would not risk my life pursuing it.”
He says that he climbed the tower to get Trump’s attention and claims to have given his contact information to the campaign, before asking viewers to make the video go viral.
“Be sure to get out and vote for Mr. Trump in the 2016 election,” he concludes.
There are no other publicly viewable videos on this YouTube channel.
The climber, as seen in this shot, does appear to be the same person in the video.
[h/t Brandon Wall]
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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