Tom Hanks: Why 'we are going to be all right' when Trump is president

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With the US in social unrest following Donald Trump winning the presidential election, Tom Hanks, aka America's Dad, has stepped up to settle everyone down.

No, he didn't announce that he's running in 2020, though Michael Moore thinks he should. Instead, while being honored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Tuesday, the Oscar-winning actor spent his time onstage telling everyone that things will be "all right."

"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 fistfight as our families would allow," Hanks said, according to Vulture. "We have been in a place where we looked at our leaders and wondered what the hell were they thinking of?"

See photos of Tom Hanks through the years:

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Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks poses for a portrait during an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sept.18, 1996. Hanks, who turned 40 in July, has taken a career turn, writing and directing his new film,"That Thing You Do!" (AP Photo/Frank Wiese)
Actress Melanie Griffith and actor Tom Hanks hold hands and their Golden Globes for best actress and actor in a musical or comedy in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 28, 1989. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - 1986: Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks poses during a 1986 West Hollywood, California studio photo session to promote his newest movie 'The Money Pit.' Hanks went on to become one of America's favorite actors, starring in such hits as 'Big,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' and 'Forest Gump.' (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
FILE--Tom Hanks, left, Kevin Bacon, center, and Bill Paxton appear in character in Universal Pictures "Apollo 13." The film was nominated for Best Picture in the 68th Annual Academy Awards announced in Los Angeles Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1996. (AP Photo/files/Universal Pictures)
Actor Tom Hanks shares a laugh with his wife Rita Wilson after arriving at the AIDS Project Los Angeles benefit gala, Thursday, June 5, 1997, at a private hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, Calif. The gala included an extensive showing of Gucci designer Tom Ford's new fall collection. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998) MEG RYAN, TOM HANKS YGML 093
Actor Tom Hanks shows his cement-covered hands after making an imprint in the cement in front of Mann?s Chinese Theater as his wife Rita Wilson watches in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Thursday, July 23, 1998. Hanks stars in the up coming ?Saving Private Ryan.? (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
THE GREEN MILE 1999 Castle Rock film with Tom Hanks
American movie star Tom Hanks attends the 57th anniversary of D-Day on Utah Beach in Normandy, France, Wednesday June 6, 2001. The star of ``Saving Private Ryan'' was in Normandy to premiere the first two episodes of a 10-part mini-series, he co-produced with director Steven Spielberg. ``Band of Brothers'' is to air on HBO. U.S. and France flags are in the background. (AP Photo/Franck Prevel)
U.S. actors Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Tom Hanks joke during German TV show 'Wetten, dass...?!' ('Bet It...?!') in Boeblingen near Stuttgart, southern Germany, Saturday Jan. 25, 2003. (AP Photo/Ralph Orlowski, pool)
U.S. actor Tom Hanks waves during a photo call in Berlin on Monday, Sept. 6, 2004. Hanks is in Berlin to promote his new film "Terminal", directed by Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 9: (US TABLOIDS OUT) Actor Tom Hanks appears on MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios November 9, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 11: Actor Tom Hanks (L) appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on June 11, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Actors Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, attend 'The Da Vinci Code' World Premiere & Opening Gala at the Palais during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2006 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Actor Tom Hanks, center, and comedian and Pittsburgh native Dennis Miller, left, along with director Ron Howard attend the Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies baseball game Tuesday, July 18, 2006 in Pittsburgh. The threesome were reacting to a Ron Howard doll being given away between innings of the game. The Rockies snapped an eight game losing streak with a 13-4 win.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
** FILE ** First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, a candidate for U.S. Senate in New York, is introduced by actor Tom Hanks, left, and director Steven Spielberg, behind Clinton, to be honored for her work on behalf of cancer patients March 28, 2000, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Clinton received the ``Women of Courage'' award from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Research for Women's Cancers at the black-tie gala event, which raises money to fight breast and gynecological cancers. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress-Producer Rita Wilson and Actor-Producer Tom Hanks arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Tom Hanks, executive producer of the HBO series "Big Love," arrives at the show's third season premiere in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Tom Hanks speaks during "We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
U.S. actor Tom Hanks, wearing a baseball cap of the Yomiuri Giants, throws the first pitch before the start of Japan's professional baseball game between the Giants and the Chunichi Dragons at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, May 8, 2009. Keen baseball fan Hanks is in Tokyo to promote his latest film "Angels & Demons" which will be shown around the world on May 15. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Tom Hanks arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Inaugural Governors Awards held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LARRY CROWNE 2011 Universal Pictures film with Tom Hanks and Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Tom Hanks and Tilda Swinton arrive for the Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actor Tom Hanks poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif., Saturday, June 18, 2011. Hanks stars in the upcoming film "Larry Crowne" which opens July 1. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actor Tom Hanks, right, talks to one of his sons while watching an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actors Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts pose at the 25th Annual American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards on February 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
US director and actor Tom Hanks poses during a photocall ahead of the premiere of his latest movie 'Larry Crowne' in Berlin on June 9, 2011. The comedy romace, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, will be released in German cinemas on June 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, USA. 24th October 2012. Tom Hanks arriving at the film premiere of "Cloud Atlas" in Los Angeles on October 24th 2012
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Tom Hanks performs a spoken word skit during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Tom Hanks poses in the press room at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon play Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on October 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Actor Tom Hanks rehearses for the 84th Academy Awards, Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Actor Tom Hanks presents the Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play award at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, on Sunday, June 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Tom Hanks presents Honoree Steve Martin with honorary award onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 16, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama congratulates 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Honorees, singer Al Green, from left, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks,and ballerina Patricia McBride, during a reception in their honor in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 25: Actor Tom Hanks speaks onstage at the 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on January 25, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Carly Rae Jepsen and Tom Hanks are seen on February 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
US actor Tom Hanks poses during the photocall of the film ''Inferno'' in Florence on May 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The way Hanks sees it, the US Constitution will always keep us safe. After singing a few lines from it, he said, "That document is going to protect us, over and over again, whether or not our neighbors preserve and protect and defend it themselves.

"We are going to be all right, because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are," Hanks continued. "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 toward a more perfect Union."

And he shot down the talk of him running for president.

"Just because I'm an actor, I can give a good speech, I agree with that," he told Vulture. "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."

Here's how other celebrities reacted to Trump's win:

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People r angry. People r broke. They voted 4 change. I disagree but that is 🇺🇸. We can. ACCEPTANCE today. COURAGE,… https://t.co/K2zJzahOYZ
CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP! @realDonaldTrump against all odds ..against the establishment and even against most from the GOP..U did it!
I'll tell U who I wouldn't want to be right now..1 of the many GOP primary candidates who pledged to support the GOP candidate & didn't 😱😁😁
Retweet if you want a recount
The easy thing is to keep your head down & let the bullies run amok. The right thing to do is to challenge racism,… https://t.co/at9IqBxVmM
A New Fire Is Lit 🔥 We Never Give Up. 🔥We Never Give In' 🇺🇸 https://t.co/CM4PAnR1nj
Just was watching the news... maybe they'll ask me to sing 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' at the inauguration, ha!
Oh wait, this is rigged, right??
Goodnight, America. There are no more words. Just goodnight.
world will never be the same. I feel Sad for the young.🚽will never be more than the toilet, I’ve used as a symbol 4 Him. U Can’t Polish 💩
IMBECILE GARY JOHNSON BRINGS DOWN🌍BECAUSE OF NARCISSISM & IGNORANCE ‼️JILL YOURE WORTHLESS ‼️WELD U COULD HAVE SAVED US,WHY DIDNT YOU😥
Omg.
https://t.co/a4K0k3Xrzj
When do we start googling "What is Brexit?"
Welp! I'm going home early cause I don't know wtf is happening! I want to be near my weapons cause it's gonna be crazy if he wins! Lol
This is literally like a reality show
Um, America?
.@realDonaldTrump NACHO it is w/great shame that we 👀 your party of hate replace that of progress -this is an indignity to 🇺🇸 DON'T CALL ME
well this is utterly terrifying
someone give me hope
America, we are way too comfortable with racism, misogyny, and bigotry. I'm profoundly disappointed in us as a nation.
A true American Horror Story
We are staring into the face of our darkest self America. Why does it have to have a dyed combover??
Congratulations @realDonaldTrump for your stunning victory over your opponent! Looking forward to making AMERICA great again!
God is moving ..... & America is speaking !! PTL @realdonaldtrump @KellyannePolls #MakeAmericaGreatAgain… https://t.co/omNoa3q12G
5 steps forward. 10 steps back.
How do we explain this to future generations of women? And minorities? #weshouldbeashamedofourselves
Where is #OliviaPope when you need her?
F*ck that. I love this country, and there's more work to do than ever. (No offense Canada) https://t.co/u9aHY1Zho4
Congrats @CNN, @msncb, @FoxNews & all the b'cast etworks. You wanted a white-knuckle story. You got one. With a sad ending. #ElectionNight
We're all living @drunkhistory in real time. #Election2016
I'm taking tonight to grieve for minorities, women, immigrants, muslims & the LGBTQ community but tomorrow I'm waking up ready to fight.
Looking for a great realtor in Canada.
In other related news: Flights to Canada are really cheap
This is terrifying. Straight up terrifying. #ElectionNight
You are not alone. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. https://t.co/l5TuVHWLlN
A New Fire Is Lit 🔥 We Never Give Up. 🔥We Never Give In' 🇺🇸 https://t.co/CM4PAnR1nj
I want to quit life.
We Had One Job.
Theme for 2020: MAKE THE WHITE HOUSE GREAT AGAIN
❤️🇺🇸I want to live in a #CountryOfKindness where #LoveTrumpsHate https://t.co/Eni145YgW1
Awareness, Acceptance, Action. I am saying this acceptance prayer to myself as I fall asleep tonight. #ElectionNight https://t.co/DdRywDdHFm
I went to sleep early. Woke up to this. To my fellow humans outside of the US. We don't want this. And we are heartbroken.
Do not sit still. Do not weep. MOVE. We are not a nation that will let HATE lead us.
I feel like America just sent in our tuition check for Trump University.
I'm an American citizen First. Last. Always.
You know what we do now? We finish building what we started and we FIGHT BACK! Lift your heads up brothers and sisters.
Anyone wanna build a snowman?
Um, America?
Go through all stages tonight. You are allowed to feel however you like. Take stock of your heart. See you tomorrow. We are all still here.
My condolences to the President and First Lady. We will keep aiming high. We may not have you honored you this time, but we will honor you.
I will not kneel. I will continue to fight for equality. I will spread love. I will be a warrior of education & kindness. I will NOT kneel.
I can't sleep. What is this nightmare we have to face? How could we allow this to happen? What does America represent anymore?
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