A man shot in the leg at the concert attack in Las Vegas said he could not see himself lying in bed as President Donald Trump toured the hospital and so he painstakingly stood to shake the president’s hand when the two finally met.
Thomas Gunderson, an attendee at the concert that became the target of the Las Vegas killer, was struck in the leg by a bullet Sunday. But he said he thought it was disrespectful not to stand to greet the president and first lady.
The heartwarming video shows Gunderson painfully rising to shake hands with First Lady Melania Trump as she entered his hospital room at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. The first lady asks for him not to get up, but Gunderson stood with pride.
The wounded man then stood a second time when President Trump entered the room to shake his hand.
“Hey, this guy looks tough to me,” the president said as he shook the mans hand.
The California man posted his video to Facebook explaining, “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 added.
Gunderson is clearly a Trump fan, as he wrote on the whiteboard in his room “#MAGA” under the section reading, “what’s important to me.”
Trump told reporters, “I just met some of the most amazing people. We met patients that were absolutely terribly wounded.”
“The doctors, the nurses and all of the people at the hospital have done a job that’s indescribable,” the president said.