President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited some of the more than 500 wounded victims in Las Vegas yesterday. When the couple entered the room to meet Thomas Gunderson, who had been shot in the leg, he got out of bed to greet them with the respect he believes the leader of our nation deserves.
Melania sweetly told him he didn’t need to stand on his injured leg for her, concerned that he’d be risking discomfort by doing so. He did so anyway since it was so important to him and shook Melania’s hand and then the president’s. “Hey, this guy looks tough to me,” Trump said to Thomas who then replied, “thank you so much, I appreciate it.” Thomas then proved just how much it meant to him and got an incredible surprise he wasn’t expecting.
The patriot with the injured leg and every reason not to raise up to greet the president and his wife shared a special message on social media right after the opportunity he got to shake their hands.
“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!”
In the midst of all of the protests, it’s incredible to see a real hero and real America rise above the overpaid athletes in showing respect. That doesn’t mean that you have to politically agree with everything the president does but can respect his position in our nation. Since so many players don’t, they also don’t deserve the honor of a visit to the White House.
Winning athletes get the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the Oval Office, but use the refusal to go to make a political statement. It’s a disgusting dishonor to the Commander-in-Chief, which Trump realizes and has recently rescinded that invitation to players, specifically, basketball star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
Athletes should learn from people like Thomas and pay their respect to the country that feeds them. If they are so socially touched, then they should go on the field and actually help! Kneeling during a sports show isn’t the quite the best way to show your dissatisfaction. If you want to be respected, you also need to respect the others!