NEW YORK — A YouTube video appears to show a man saying he’ll climb Trump Tower the day before a man used suction cups to scale the building. He was eventually taken into custody.
Police sources told WPIX the man climbing the tower is named Steve (no last name was given), and he’s from Virginia.
The hashtag #StevefromVirginia has gone viral on Twitter Wednesday.
Police have not confirmed that the climber created the video, titled “Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower),” which was uploaded to YouTube Tuesday.
In the video, the man apologizes for his appearance as he’d “rather not be recognizable.”
The man says he's an independent researcher seeking a meeting with Donald Trump regarding an important matter.
"Believe me, if my purpose was not significant, I would not risk my life pursuing it," the man says.
He then goes on to say that the reason he climbed the tower was to get Trump's attention.
"If I had sought this through conventional means, I would be much less likely to have success because you are a busy man with many responsibilities," he says.
At the end of the minute-long video, the man tells people to get out and vote for Trump in the 2016 election.
As of 6 p.m., the video had 1,600 views.