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Tom Hanks: 'We Will Continue To Move Forward'

In the wake of President-elect Donald Trump's victory, celebrities have taken to social media to voice their concerns about him. Actor Tom Hanks has issued a statement of his own during an acceptance speech at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in which he told those listening that America would be okay.

Since the Nov. 8 election was called for Trump, celebrities such as Lena Dunham, Aaron Sorkin, and Katy Perry have expressed disappointment and fear over the new president-elect. Hanks, at a speech during a tribute to his career at the MOMA in New York City, said that he believes that because of the constitution, America will be all right, The Washington Post reports. Celebrities in the audience included Steven Spielberg, Emma Watson, Stephen Colbert, and Meg Ryan.

"America has been in worse places than we are at right now," he added.

"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," Hanks said in his speech, according to Vulture.

"We have been in a place where we looked at our leaders and wondered what the hell were they thinking of? We've had moments with administrations and politicians and leaders and Senators and governors where we asked ourselves, 'Are they lying to us? Or do they really believe in this?'"

While he did not specifically mention Trump, he stated that a week after the election, "We who are a week into wondering what the hell just happened will continue to move forward."

Hanks reportedly laughed off Michael Moore's suggestion that Hanks would be a good candidate to oppose Trump in 2020, saying "Just because I'm an actor, I can give a good speech, I agree with that."

"But the concept of actually voting for someone just because they can do that?" said Hanks. "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."

In his speech, Hanks went on to say that the constitution would protect America, referencing a Schoolhouse Rock song about the country's founding document.

"That document is going to protect us, over and over again, whether or not our neighbors preserve and protect and defend it themselves," said Hanks.

Hanks concluded by saying that though America may take "one step forward, two steps back," the country would continue to move forward.

"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," he said. "That journey never ceases. It never stops."

Sources: The Washington Post, Vulture / Photo credit: ben.hannis/Flickr

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