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Vegas Victim Stands for Trump to Show 'Respect He Deserves'

(Thomas Gunderson/Facebook)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Oct 2017 10:36 PM

Thomas Gunderson, who was shot in the leg during Sunday night's deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, refused to remain in his hospital bed Wednesday when President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited his bedside.

In a cellphone video posted to Gunderson's Facebook page, Melania Trump enters first, and Gunderson stands to shake her hand, ignoring her protests he remain seated.

Gunderson, in pain from his injuries, does finally sit, but when the president enters he stands again, balancing himself on his uninjured leg.

"Hey, this guy looks tough to me," Trump says as the two shake hands. When the president ask how he feels, Gunderson admits he is in pain.

"I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!" Gunderson wrote in the post accompanying the video. "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 posts since the shooting that killed 58 and wounded almost 500 have included calling for unity, noting people of various backgrounds and ethnicities helped each other following the horrific event. He also pleaded for people not to post photos and videos of those who had been killed out of respect for the victims.

"Our president is far from perfect, but the divide this country is being created by media and the select few cases that they spread world wide," he wrote in one post.

Before the shooting, Gunderson had been critical of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, but praised the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones for locking arms and kneeling in unity before the anthem, then standing as it was played.

Gunderson later Wednesday night posted he had gotten some backlash and hateful comments for his previous post supporting Trump.

He expected it, Gunderson said, but said, the post, as well as previous TV interviews, were done "with the intention of spreading an uplifting message during this horrific time in our country."

But since some have chosen to be hateful in their response, he asked his friends and family to ignore them.

"They want to get a ride out of us," he said. "They want to cause divide and when we respond with hate as well it simply worsens the situation and destroys the meaning behind this message."

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Thomas Gunderson, who was shot in the leg during Sunday night's deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, refused to remain in his hospital bed Wednesday when President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited his bedside.
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