Tom Hanks Hopes to Vote For Trump in Four Years

Nick Kangadis | November 18, 2016

Who doesn’t love Tom Hanks?

Whether the actor agrees with something or not, Hanks always keeps an open mind no matter the topic.

On Tuesday, Hanks was honored at the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) 9th annual Film Benefit in New York.

Of course, the curator of MoMA, Rajendra Roy, was so distraught after the election of Donald Trump that he left out the honor’s usual jokes in order to introduce the honoree to talk about how cinema has helped people through difficult times (such as, apparently, the election):

For over 100 years, when our country's faced times of turmoil or uncertainty, we've looked to cinema and its heroes for comfort, inspiration and reassurance. Charlie Chaplin gave us his comedic genius and permission to laugh. Barbara Stanwyck gave us her determined strength. … [Tom Hanks] is the cinematic hero we need now.

While Hanks willingly accepted the honor, he wasn’t so quick to dismiss President-elect Trump. As usual, Hanks kept it upbeat, saying, “We are going to be all right.”

Hanks continued:

America has been in worse places than we are at right now. In my own lifetime, our streets were in chaos, our generations were fighting each other tooth and nail. Every dinner table ended up being as close to a fistfight as human families are allowed. We have been in a place where we have looked at our leaders and wondered, 'What the hell they were thinking of?' We’ve had moments with the administrations and politicians and senators and governors in which we have asked ourselves, 'Are they lying to us or do they really believe in this?' That’s all right.

We have this magnificent thing that is in place. It’s a magnificent document and it starts off with the phrases that, if you’re smart enough, you’ve memorized in school or just read enough to that you could put it by heart, or you watched those things on ABC where they taught you a little song in order to sing. And the song goes, 'We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare,' and it goes on and on. That document is going to protect us over and over again, whether or not our neighbors preserve, protect and defend it themselves.

Leave it to one of America’s favorite actors to invoke the Constitution and remind us why he is one of the best.

Hanks also said during his speech:

We are going to be all right because we constantly get to tell the world who we are. We constantly get to define ourselves as American. We do have the greatest country in the world. We move at a slow pace. We have the greatest country in the world because we are always moving towards a more perfect union. That journey never ceases, it never stops.

Sometimes, to quote a Springsteen song, it’s 'one step forward, two steps back,' but we still aggregately move forward. We, who are a week into wondering what the hell just happened, will continue to move forward. We have to choose to do so, but we will move forward because if we do not move forward, what is to be said of us?

Hanks admittedly was not the biggest Trump fan, but he also understands that even people who disagree need to do the best they can in order to keep America the greatest country in the world.

Hanks told The Hollywood Reporter after the event:

This is the United States of America. We'll go on. There's great like-minded people out there who are Americans first and Republicans or Democrats second. I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his reelection in four years.

Now that is true tolerance. Congratulations, Mr. Hanks.


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