Tom Hanks’ new movie, A Hologram for the King, was released in theaters today, but his promotional tour may have become a bit derailed after he made comments about the upcoming election, and more specifically, Republican candidate Donald Trump. Can Tom Hanks’ interview be interpreted as a backhanded show of support for Trump, or is he simply going with the election flow?
Hanks appeared on CBS’ This Morning on Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including A Hologram for the King (based on a 2012 novel by Dave Eggers), meeting Queen Elizabeth II, and advice for his younger self. When the topic came up about the election that is fast approaching, the actor had quite a bit to say, including comparing the current race to the 1952 election between Harry S. Truman and Thomas E. Dewey. Hanks noted that seemingly everyone expected Dewey to win—just like Trump—but, as history showed, Truman was the one who became president.
And, what if Donald Trump were to win after all? Well, Tom Hanks isn’t worried about that either. “Look, American’s going to be fine,” he explained. “We’re the greatest, most resilient nation … in all of civilization. We’ve worked ourselves out of holes many, many times over and over again.”
It’s interesting that Hanks isn’t more pessimistic about the idea of President Trump, given that he has donated the maximum amount of money allowed—$2,700—to the campaign of Hillary Clinton, one of the Democrats most likely to run against Trump should he win the Republican candidacy.
However, Tom Hanks appears to be taking it all in stride. “I’m not saying [Trump’s] going to be president of the United States,” he said in the interview, “What I’m saying is we are going to have the most hilarious September, October, and first week of November in a very long time.” That sounds like a pretty safe assumption!