A man has scaled the Trump Tower in Chicago, allegedly demanding to speak with the president and threatening to cut his rope and jump if not allowed to get his “message” out.
Multiple videos and photos shared on social media show a man dangling on a rope around the 16th floor of the 98-story Trump Tower in Chicago on Sunday night.
The man is said to be in his 20s and has been dangling from the balcony in a climbing harness since around 5:30pm, demanding “to speak to the president” and “to get his message to the media,” the Chicago Sun Times reports, citing Chicago Police spokesman Tom Ahern.
#ChicagoThe man dangling from Trump Tower is reported to be an Asian-American male in his early-20s.He is threatening to cut the rope if he does not get to speak with Donald Trump. SWAT Negotiators are on scene now. Large perimeter with several emergency crews standing by. https://t.co/ptaDt6bktQ
— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) October 19, 2020
Multiple officers, SWAT agents, and firefighters are at the scene with a police negotiator trying to get the man down.
SWAT Team Negotiators continue their dialog with the individual who is suspended from the 16th Floor landing of Trump Tower
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) October 19, 2020
Authorities cordoned off the area as a crowd of onlookers gathered across the street.
It is unclear what kind of “message” the man was seeking to deliver. President Trump was in Nevada on Sunday, holding a re-election rally in Carson City at 4pm local time, as part of his busy campaign schedule ahead of the November 3 election.
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