- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The man attempting to scale Trump Tower on Wednesday afternoon has been identified by multiple New York news outlets, and he appears to be a Donald Trump supporter trying to get the tycoon’s attention.

The New York Daily News, citing “police sources” identified the man as Stephen Rogata, adding that he is thought to be from Virginia.

Around 6:30 p.m., police arrested the climber, putting an end to the stunt.

Although there was no immediate confirmation it’s the same person, a man who resembles the man on the tower has posted a video on YouTube titled “Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower).”

To go by the video, the climber wants to get Mr. Trump’s attention on what he calls an important matter, but he makes no direct and unambiguous threats against the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential nominee.

“I am an independent researcher seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter,” the man, who posted under the handle “Leven Thumps,” says in the clip.

“I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request,” he says, elaborating that “if my purpose was not significant, I would not risk my life pursuing it.”

He goes on to call himself a supporter of Mr. Trump and asks that watchers “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.”

The Trump team was not amused. Michael Cohen, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said he was “100 percent certain the NYPD had better things to do.”

“If Mr. Trump were here he’d be thanking law enforcement for the job they’re doing,” Mr. Cohen added. The real-estate mogul was on the campaign trail in Florida and Virginia on Wednesday.

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