Actor Tom Hanks said he wouldn’t attend a White House screening of his new film “The Post” if President Trump asked him to. Why? Because Hanks apparently blames Trump for all the disruptive events that occurred in the world since he took office.
“I don’t think I would,” Hanks told the Hollywood Reporter. “I didn’t think things were going to be this way last November. I would not have been able to imagine that we would be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville, and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of the Navajo code talkers.”
Because racism and social unrest apparently never existed until Trump became president, Hanks said now is the time for him to take a stand.
“Individually, we have to decide when we take to the ramparts,” he said. “This is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions. We have to start voting before the election. So I would probably vote not to go [to a WH screening].”
Tom Hanks co-stars with Meryl Streep in the new Steven Spielberg movie “The Post,” which chronicles the Washington Post’s release of the top-secret Pentagon Papers in 1971.
The Pentagon Papers detailed U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, which was wider in scope than the government had let on.
The documents reportedly proved that Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson lied to the public and to Congress about American involvement in the Vietnam War.
The New York Times first published the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and the Washington Post followed suit.
In a bit of revisionist history, Hanks’ new movie makes the Washington Post the hero, even though the New York Times first broke the story and even won a Pulitzer Prize for its efforts in 1972.
Meanwhile, President Trump — who is not a fan of WaPo — has not asked Hanks to screen the film at the White House. So dream on, Tom.
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