Tom Hanks says America is “going to be all right” with President Trump — “The future of the United States is never determined by one man alone. We believe in something much better than that.”

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“We will take everything that has been handed to us as Americans,” Hanks concluded. “And we will turn our nation and we will turn the future and we will turn all the work that we have before us into some brand new thing of beauty.”

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Tom Hanks attends the 2016 Museum Of Modern Art Film Benefit on November 15, 2016 in New York City. — Dimitrios Kambouris—WireImageHonoree Tom Hanks speaks onstage at the MoMA Film Benefit presented by CHANEL, A Tribute To Tom Hanks at MOMA on Nov. 15, 2016 in New York City.
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Tom Hanks has a lot to say to anyone despairing over Donald Trump’s victory.

The “Sully” star was honored Tuesday night by the Museum of Modern Art for his career in film, and while accepting the honor he took a moment to reassure those assembled — including Steven Spielberg, Stephen Colbert, Steve Martin and Emma Watson — about the future of the United States following last week’s election.

“We are going to be all right. 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. Every dinner table ended up being as close to a fistfight as human families allow.”

Hanks’ sense of security about the future, he explained, comes from the existence of the U.S. Constitution.

“We have this magnificent thing that is in place. It’s a magnificent document,” he said, slipping into a song from “Schoolhouse Rock” about the Constitution before continuing: “That document is going to protect us over and over again whether or not our neighbors preserve, protect and defend it themselves.”

“We are going to be all right because we constantly get to tell the world who we. We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans. We do have the greatest country in the world,” he said. “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.”

The “Forrest Gump” star also took a moment to address a call Michael Moore had made earlier for him to be put forward as a presidential candidate for the Democrats, saying he “would like to strangle Michael Moore” for suggesting it.

“We will take everything that has been handed to us as Americans,” Hanks concluded. “And we will turn our nation and we will turn the future and we will turn all the work that we have before us into some brand new thing of beauty.”

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From Time Magazine:

“We will move forward, because if we do not move forward, what is to be said about us?”

Tom Hanks was a voice of calm on Tuesday evening as he reassured an audience at New York’s Museum of Modern Art that “we are going to be all right” in the wake of a highly divisive presidential election.

Hanks made the remarks during his speech at the museum’s ninth annual film benefit, dedicated to the actor’s life and works. Hanks, who previously criticized the now President-elect Donald Trump during the election campaign season, addressed the shock felt by many at last week’s result. However, actor’s speech had a positive tone, encouraging those listening to remember that “We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans. We do have the greatest country in the world.”

Responding to a call for him to run as the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020 by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Hanks said “Just because I’m an actor, I can give a good speech, I agree with that,” Vulture reports. “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!”

Hanks referred to the American Constitution as well as the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen in his speech, before reassuring the audience that “We are going to be all right…we will move forward, because if we do not move forward, what is to be said about us?”

Tom Hanks Has a Post-Election Message for America

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