Thomas Gunderson has gone seriously viral with the below video posted to Gunderson’s Facebook page, which has gained nearly 14 million views within 18 hours of it being uploaded to Facebook. As seen in the video, First Lady Melania Trump entered Thomas’ hospital room first, as Melania asked Gunderson how he was doing. Melania told Thomas not to worry about standing. President Donald Trump can be seen in the background, as he made his way towards Thomas’ area. That’s when Gunderson, who already had stood up from his bed in his hospital gown, unsteadily rose once more to greet President Trump. Thomas’ message apparently resonated with the millions of Facebook video viewers and thousands of Facebook users that are sharing his video on the platform.
“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!”
As reported by the Daily Mail, Thomas was shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd. Gunderson was running toward Mandalay Bay when a bullet hit him in the leg. That bullet wound didn’t stop Thomas from rising to greet President Trump and Melania.
Gunderson hails from Newport Beach, California, and met President Trump and Melania on Wednesday when the duo flew to Las Vegas. Gunderson said “I’m okay” as Gunderson rose to shake Trump’s hand. Gunderson did admit to Melania that he was still in pain after being shot. President Trump praised how tough Gunderson appeared.
“Hey, this guy looks tough to me.”
Gunderson thanked President Trump for visiting. Gunderson made his affinity known with the hashtag #MAGA on his patient board as the answer to the statement, “What’s important to me.” Trump and Melania also spoke to other patients at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Trump told reporters that he met “some of the most amazing people” at University Medical Center and that they saw patients who “were absolutely terribly wounded.” President Trump said that he extended plenty of invitations to the wounded to eventually come to the White House. In the top photo, President Trump and Melania Trump are shown walking with surgeon Dr. John Fildes.
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