Tom Hanks took a moment to discuss the election results and president-elect Donald Trump while being honored at a film benefit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Tuesday night.
“We are going to be all right,” Hanks reassured those around him in the entertainment business.
“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,” Hanks continued.
He went on:
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.
Hanks continued to discuss “the greatest country in the world” and the reason as to why it’s the greatest:
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.
At one point during his remarks, Hanks mentioned Bruce Springsteen and talked about moving forward.
Throughout his speech, Hanks never addressed Donald Trump by name.
Other guests in attendance that night included David Letterman, Steven Spielberg, Meg Ryan, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Marie-Josée Kravis, Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson and many others.
Hanks is also a recipient of this year’s Presidential Metal of Freedom. The awards ceremony is expected to place at the White House on Nov. 22.
You can read Hanks’ full speech from the night here.