Friday night's DeploraBall - hosted by Gays for Trump in celebration of his election - promised several special guests, one of whom was introduced as a "hero" and "the man who turned the election around."
That man was Zdenek Gazda, the guy who filmed and tweeted the video of Hillary Clinton stumbling at the 9/11 memorial on September 11, 2016. Though Clinton's doctor soon after announced she'd been treated for pneumonia, Gazda's video fueled rumors she was hiding a more serious illness, and, he believes, tanked her chances at being elected in the process.
Gazda, a firefighter from the Czech Republic who now lives in New Jersey, told Cosmopolitan.com he filmed the moment by accident. He goes to the museum every year on 9/11 to pay tribute to those who died that day and started taking pictures when he noticed Hillary passing by. He began filming as it was the first time he'd ever seen her in person. Seconds later, her security team had to help her get into her van.
He did not hesitate to post what he'd shot. "I put it on Twitter immediately," Zdenek, who says he was always an avid Trump supporter, said. "I don't like [Hillary] because she lied. She's sick ... I was scared too because so many people like her. But I closed the door on her for the White House. A lot of people say with a 20-second video, I changed the history of the United States."
He believes that to be true. Though the tweet took off on its own, Zdenek encouraged any media outlet that asked to use the footage in their coverage. He also said he "tried" to make money off it and was successful - though he wouldn't specify how much he's made, he said he'd sold the video to Storyful. He has never regretted his decision.
"Everyone remembers watching that video on 9/11," a DeploraBall rep said in his introduction of Zdenek. "Not that 9/11."
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