Twitter’s Reaction to Trump Tower Suction-Cup Guy Didn’t Suck

Kid pulled a King Kong on Trump's corporate HQ

August 11, 2016 9:00 am

The week of August 7–13, 2016, may forever be known as the Week of the Suction Cup.  

The little suckers entered the news cycle due to those weird “cupping” marks on Michael Phelps (typically this therapy is done with glasses). They then proved their sticking power by remaining a hot topic of after a man used them to scale the Trump Tower in New York.

The climber, identified as 19-year-old Stephen Rogata of Virginia, made it to the 21st floor of the tower before NYPD officers were able to snag him from the side of the Manhattan skyscraper.

Unfortunately for Rogata, he didn’t get the “private audience” he was seeking with the GOP candidate and instead ended up with charges of reckless endangerment and criminal trespass instead.

While he was still “movin’ on up,” a video surfacted on YouTube that may provide some clues as to his intentions.

The incident was rough on Rogata, but it was a hit with suction cup investors, climbing route planners (“Once on the wall continue up at a slow and steady pace”) — and the Twitterverse.

Main image courtesy of Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images

Whatever you think of his stunt, Rogata is a hell of a social climber.

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