When President Donald Trump toured a Las Vegas hospital after the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, 28-year-old Thomas Gunderson fought through the pain of his injuries to stand up and shake the president’s hand when he came to visit.
On Facebook, Gunderson shared a video of his encounter with the president and it immediately went viral — racking up over 22 million views.
“I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand! There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!” Gunderson’s Facebook post said.
After Trump’s visit, Gunderson gave his first TV interview on Thursday with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“I don’t care what anybody has to say to me, he cared. He wanted to listen to me and shake my hand and thank me and was just so awesome,” Gunderson told Hannity.
“And Melania was so sweet. To me, it felt like they genuinely cared about the people here and what happened,” he added.
When Hannity asked about why he insisted on standing despite Trump quietly telling him not to, Gunderson said him he just wanted to show the president respect.
Gunderson was shot in the leg after helping other concert-goers escape the festival grounds.
Within minutes, two young women came upon him and administered first aid.
Without their help it was likely Gunderson would have bled out. He was one of the more than 500 people injured during Stephen Paddock’s rampage.
Regarding his meeting with Trump, Gunderson wrote in a later Facebook post that he shared the video to spread “an uplifting message during this horrific time in our country.”
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source: Western Journalism