UPDATE 7:41 PM EST: Officials confirmed in a press conference that the YouTube video was actually posted by the climber, a 20-year-old from Virginia.
One man captured the world’s attention when he began scaling the side of Trump Tower in New York City.
But, it seems like he really only wanted one person to pay attention… Donald Trump. Just a day before the climber pulled his death-defying stunt on Fifth Avenue, he apparently uploaded a YouTube video about the scary feat!
The police have identified the man as Steve from Virginia, and the new clip seems to show him in a black hoodie, addressing the Republican nominee in a video titled Message To Mr. Trump (Why I Climbed Your Tower).
In the vid, the supposed climber explains that he’s not facing the camera and has his hood pulled over his head because he’d “rather not be recognizable.”
The man went on to vaguely reveal why he chose to scale Trump Tower, saying:
“I’m an independent researcher seeking 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.”
He also added that he made the climb to get the candidate’s attention:
“If I had sought this via conventional means, I would be much less likely to have success because you are a busy man.”
And while it seemed likely that the man scaling about 21 stories of Trump Tower was a Hillary Clinton fan protesting Donald’s controversial comments, the person in this video actually admitted he is a Trump supporter, exclaiming:
“Be sure to get out and vote for Mr. Trump in the 2016 election.”
Ch-ch-check out the creepy clip (below)!
The authenticity of this account hasn’t been verified yet, but he sure does look like the guy in the picture the NYPD snapped just before they pulled the climber into the building(above).
Plus, the profile was just created on Monday, and this message is the only upload.
[Image via New York Police Department.]