Tom Hanks is bringing hope to all Democrats who are still mourning Donald Trump’s controversial U.S. election win.
While speaking at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art during an event celebrating his illustrious career, the Hollywood icon addressed the mostly liberal crowd of attendees with an inspiring speech that hinted at his leadership potential.
“We are going to be alright. America has been in worse places than we are at right now,” he said. “In my own lifetime, our streets were in chaos, our generations were fighting each other tooth and nail, and every dinner table ended up being as close to a fist fight as our families would allow.”
Though Hanks never explicitly mentioned Trump by name, the 60-year-old actor went on to remind the crowd of America’s founding principles.
He continued, “we have this magnificent thing that is in place, it’s a magnificent document,” he said referring to the U.S. Constitution. “That document is going to protect us, over and over again, whether or not our neighbours preserve and protect and defend it themselves.”
“We are going to be alright, because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are,” Hanks added before receiving a standing ovation. “We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans. We do have the greatest country in the world. We may move at a slow pace, but we do have the greatest country in the world, because we are always moving towards a more perfect Union.”
As for Michael Moore’s recent on-air plea, in which he called on Hanks to run for President, the “Sully” star admitted he wanted to “strangle” the celebrated director for suggesting the idea. “Just because I’m an actor, I can give a good speech… I agree with that,” he said. “But the concept of actually voting for someone just because they can do that? Then Monty Hall could have been President of the United States! I get what he’s saying, I understand, but I don’t buy my participation.”