NEW YORK (WIAT) — The man who climbed Trump Tower on Wednesday in New York City apparently posted a YouTube video the day before on why he did it, and asked viewers to vote for Trump.
Police grabbed the man, pulling him into the 58-story Trump Tower where Trump and his wife live, and his campaign is headquartered.
CBS42 discovered the video, posted yesterday to Youtube, entitled: Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower), around 5:50 p.m. CT. Police later said at a press conference in New York that the 20-year-old man did post the video to YouTube yesterday.
“Hello, Mr. Trump, do excuse my manner of appearance. I just don’t know how many people will watch this. I’d rather not be recognizable,” said the man in the YouTube video, who goes by the username Leven Thumps.
He then says he is an independent researcher seeking a “private audience” with Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump to discuss an “important matter.”
“The reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention,” the man said in the video. “If I had sought this via conventional means, I would be much less likely to have success because you are a busy man with many responsibilities.”
He ends by encouraging viewers to “get out and vote for Mr. Trump in the 2016 election.”
Trump was not in the building at the time the man climbed it. The NYPD said at a press conference after the man was taken into custody that he did indeed post the video on Youtube Tuesday. They said he will be taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. The department says they are working with the district to attorney to determine what charges may be filed.
In the video (above), which is just over a minute long, the unidentified man says:
“Hello Mr. Trump, please excuse my manner of appearance. I just don’t know how many people will watch this, and I’d rather not be recognizable. I am an independent researcher, seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter. I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request. Believe me, if my purpose was not significant, I would not risk my life pursuing it. The reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention. If I had sought this via conventional means, I would be much less likely to have success, because you are a busy man with many responsibilities. I’ll get my contact information to your campaign, so that if you are interested, you can respond. As for anyone else who is watching, please help make this video go viral so that it gets to Mr. Trump. And be sure to get out and vote for Mr. Trump in the 2016 election. Thank you.”
Vince Cestone, KRON contributed to this report.