Give this man a medal for tenacity
"Yes, a man is currently scaling Trump Tower using suction cups," confirms New York Post's Jackie Salo, before the man whose saucy stunt prompted a massive police response was dragged inside by police. ".@RealDonaldTrump, no!!!!" quips Keith Olbermann (the stuntman is actually rumored to be a 20-something named "Steve" from Virginia). "What in the heck is going on?" wonders a stunned Jessica Durando at USA Today. "Metaphor Alert," chirps Jim Aley at Bloomberg Businessweek. "The one day I'm not there," grumbles NBC's Katy Tur (the very same fearless Katy Tur whom Marie Claire spotlighted for covering Donald Trump's candidacy). "How can he secure our borders if he can't even secure his own bldg?" jokes Adweek's Tony Case. "Strangely, sadly clever. He's hijacked the news cycle with stunt like behavior. Wonder where he learned that?" muses CNN's Ashleigh Banfield. "Some small part of Trump must respect the Tower climber. The man knows how to grab media attention," admits Rebecca Berg at Real Clear News. "Am I the only one hoping @TwoHeadlines will report that Trump Tower has been cupping," asks Fusion's Andy Dubbin, while The Next Web's Natt Garun theorizes, "must be some fire pokemon up there."
Some more thoughts on the Trump Tower madcap, now that it's reached its denouement:
- “One person asked me if it was Trump climbing the tower” - local reporter.
- At one point, cops climbed through the building’s air conditioning vents to reach him, but he "suctioned his way away" from them.
- A cop also broke a window two floors above him to try to talk some sense into him.
- Here's a closer look at the daredevil.
- "Steve is with Harambe now," suggests Rusty Foster.
- On that note, we're all grateful he didn't die, including Laura Olin: "pretty glad that guy didn't fall to his death, which would have been a very 2016 thing to happen."
Also in politics:
- A new batch of State Department emails revealed the suspicious overlap of interests between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department during Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state. "This seems exactly the kind of incestuous mixing of public service and private interests that Brazil is famous for," denounces freelancer Alex Cuadros.
- Luckily for Clinton, and unluckily for Trump, The Donald's Second Amendment from yesterday are still "sucking up a lot of oxygen," per WaPo's Philip Rucker. Trump is still catching quite a bit of flac for remarks that appeared to flirt with the topic of assassination. "Guys, I feel like this is going to be a thing," realizes Politico's Patrick Reis.
- On the other hand, Clinton should know how that feels -- she herself made some rather unfortunate remarks about assassination back in 2008.
- But, like, what did he really mean?
- Politico takes a long, good look at the past 100 days of Donald Trump.
- The Washington Post says Trump was forced to own up to some of his falsehoods in 2007. And he did. Sort of.
Back to the Olympics and the delightful number of memes the games daily provide. "Me on Nov. 8 around 9 p.m.," quips Fusion's Adam Weinstein, bringing together both today's political climate and an Olympic highlight in one beauteous, alternative caption to Aly Raisman's insane floor routine. "Step into the club like," The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern offers another option. "Me when the coffee's done brewing," suggests TIME's Alex Fitzpatrick. "Entering the courtroom like," tweets Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, who may have just won the competition (because he's the Tweeter Laureate, after all). "This vine is better than the whole Catwoman movie itself," declares Wall Street Journal's Chris Herring. At Entertainment Weekly, Cristina Everett laments, "meanwhile, I tripped on my own feet - twice - during my morning commute today." We feel your struggle, Cristina.
Elsewhere at the Olympics:
- If you were curious what watching your daughter win gymnastics gold looked like, it's this. The Atlantic's Catherine Green can relate, sharing, "dad had to tell my ma not to frown anxiously while watching my sis & me at swim meets bc we’d think we screwed up."
- Michael Phelps' death stare broke the Internet.
- It's all good, though, because he also took back the gold medal that mattered most.
- We found out Leonardo DiCaprio has an Olympic doppelganger.
- Everyone fell in love with China's sweetheart swimmer Fu Yuanhui and her "mystic energy."
- Some USA hoopers offered big reactions to Phelps' 20th gold.
- The Olympic pool turned green, and The Wired thinks they know why.
- If you ever feel useless, just be grateful you're not the lifeguard at the swimming Olympics.