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Tom Hanks questions the patriotism of those who don’t wear masks: ‘Are they Americans?’

Hollywood star Tom Hanks just launched yet another attack on Americans who aren’t wearing masks amidst the coronavirus pandemic, this time going so far as to question their patriotism.

Hanks made his latest mask-shaming comments while appearing on the “Late Show” with host Stephen Colbert while promoting his new movie “Greyhound.”

“As somebody who’s gone through this and knows firsthand this is not a hoax, how do you feel when you see people not wearing masks out there?” Colbert asked, referring to the fact that Hanks battled COVID-19 himself in the spring.

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“Are they Americans?” Hanks replied. “You know, I don’t get it. It’s literally the least you can do…a mask and wash your hands, and try to stay 6 feet away from a person. Is this impossible now?”

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Hanks went on to embark on a bizarre rant in which he compared our current situation to George Washington’s leadership in the Revolutionary War.

“I think of George Washington’s troops at Valley Forge,” he said. “If you asked them to wear a mask, they would love it because it would keep them a little bit warm. And they would have washed their hands if the snows were not freezing. They would have been happy to do that.”

Not stopping there, Hanks then went into a car metaphor, comparing wearing a mask to following the rules of the road:

“Honestly, if you drive a car, you think it’s your constitutional right not to use your turn signals? You should use your turn signals, because otherwise you might run into somebody, somebody right run into you, right? You want to obey some aspect of the speed limit, right? You don’t want to go 120 miles an hour in a school zone, you slow down. You try not to hit buildings and pedestrians, you give it a shot, don’t you? Isn’t that the least you can do when you’re driving a car?

“I think the least you can do in the United States of America and around the world is wear a mask and wash your hands and keep your distance. Holy smokes!”

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This comes weeks after Hanks said he has “no respect” for people who don’t wear masks. “Shame on you,” Hanks said of those not wearing masks, according to People. “If you can’t wear a mask and wash your hands and social-distance, I’ve got no respect for you.”

“Don’t be a p*ssy, get on with it, do your part,” he added. “It’s very basic. If you’re driving a car, you don’t go too fast, you use your turn signal and you avoid hitting pedestrians. My Lord, it’s common sense.”

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