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Tom Hanks Expresses Concerns Over Trump’s Potential Second Term

NORMANDY, FRANCE — Renowned actor Tom Hanks expressed apprehension about the implications of former President Donald Trump winning a second term, suggesting that such an outcome might indicate setbacks in America’s pursuit of a “more perfect union.” Hanks made these remarks during an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday, coinciding with President Joe Biden’s visit to Normandy to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

“I think there’s always reason to be worried about the short term,” the “Saving Private Ryan” star told Amanpour when asked about the potential impact on the country’s “commitment to democracy and freedom” if Trump were to win the upcoming November election.

Reflecting on the nation’s historical journey, Hanks, 67, noted, “Our Constitution says, ‘We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union’ — that journey to a more perfect union has missteps in it.” He emphasized the ongoing nature of this journey, acknowledging the nation’s progress despite occasional setbacks.

The Academy Award winner, known for his roles in iconic films such as “Forrest Gump” and “Cast Away,” spoke with Amanpour against the backdrop of the solemn D-Day commemorations in Normandy, where President Biden was meeting with military veterans.

“Over the long term, however, we inevitably made progress towards, I think, that more perfect union. And how does it come about? It comes about not because of somebody’s narrative of who was right, or who was a victim or not. It comes out of the slow melding of the truth to the actual practical life that we end up living,” Hanks said. He stressed the importance of everyday actions and community efforts, stating, “It comes down to the good deed that is practiced with your neighbor.”

Hanks conveyed a sense of enduring optimism about the future of the United States and other democratic societies. “I will always have faith that the United States of America, and the Western societies that have adopted more or less the same sort of democracy, cannot help but turn towards what is right,” he asserted.

In addition to his recent comments, Hanks has been an outspoken supporter of President Biden. In 2022, he narrated a video highlighting the Biden administration’s achievements in its first year, stating that the country was “stronger than we were a year ago today.” Hanks also hosted Biden’s prime-time inaugural TV special in 2021, further solidifying his commitment to the current administration’s vision for America.

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, Hanks’ remarks add to the ongoing national discourse about the direction of American democracy and the values that underpin it. His reflections serve as a reminder of the continuous effort required to achieve and maintain the ideals enshrined in the Constitution.

 

 

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