How far would you go to have a private meeting with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump? For one independent researcher, he was willing to scale the Trump Tower to talk to him face to face.
“The reason I climbed your tower was to get your attention,” proclaimed a man the police have identified as Stephen Rogata.
Rogata decided to climb Trump Tower located at 725 5th Avenue in New York City. When he started making his way up using suction cops, New York Police Department Special Operations Division responded to the scene to get him off the tower.
NYPD Special Operations And Emergency Services Unit Respond To The Scene
According to Sgt. Carlos Nieves, airbags were deployed around the tower in case Rogata fell down. At the same time, NYPD Emergency Service Unit went ahead and removed two windows from the 21st floor to try to talk the climber into coming in.
However, Nieves said that Rogata attempted to evade police by climbing around the open window and washer scaffold. Eventually, the NYPD, managed to successfully bring Rogata into custody. According to a report from the NY Daily News, Rogata had been climbing the Trump Tower for 2 1/2 hours.
Following this, NYPD Chief of Department James P. O’Neill remarked that the “elite cops” of the NYPD Special Operations Division “train for these kind of things everyday.” At the same time, he also said that the NYPD Emergency Services Unit is also the “best in the world at the what they do.”
Stephen Rogata Appeals To Donald Trump In A Video Following Trump Tower Climb
Following his climb, Rogata posted a video on YouTube entitled “Message to Mr. Trump (why I climbed your tower).”
Rogata addresses Trump directly saying, “I guarantee that it is in your interest to honor this request. If my purpose was not significant, I would not risk my life pursuing it.” He tells him that his is an independent researcher who “seeking a private audience with you to discuss an important matter.” In the end, he made it clear that he is voting Trump for president.
In response, Trump Organization Executive Vice President Michael Cohen told The Washington Times,”100 percent certain the NYPD had better things to do.”