Filmmaker Michael Moore hailed White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' MORE (I-Vt.) during an Iowa campaign stop Saturday as not being “the fake and the phony and the fraudulent” in Washington. 

Speaking to a crowd of supporters at a campaign town hall event in Iowa City, Moore joked about Sanders’s recent answer in an interview with The New York Times that was published as part of the newspaper’s endorsement of Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Massachusetts Democrats question deployment of Border Patrol teams to sanctuary cities Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar, Steyer unable to name Mexico's president in pointed interview Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE (D-Minn.) in the 2020 Democratic primary.

When asked, “What are you likely to fail at or do poorly as president?” Sanders responded that he’s “not good at backslapping,” joking that “if you have your birthday, I’m not going to call you up to congratulate you, so you’ll love me and you’ll write nice things about me.”

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Moore told the crowd Saturday that “Sanders said, ‘Look, I’m not that guy. I’m not that guy who’s going to send you a birthday card every year. I’m not that guy. I’m not going to call you up and wish you a happy birthday. I’m not that guy.”

"He’s not that guy, is he? We don’t want that anymore," Moore said. "We don’t want the fake and the phony and the fraudulent and the 'well, I’m for Medicare for All' and then 'well, I’m sort of for Medicare for All' and then 'Medicare for what?' No. No. No more. No more. No more." 

Moore continued to laud Sanders’s decades-long record of support for progressive policies, telling the crowd he believes that “America changed” to support Sanders’s positions.  

“Because he has been consistent through his whole life, because he wouldn’t change, here’s what happened. We changed. America changed. He didn’t change any of his positions about the environment, about women, about war, about income inequality. He’s said the same damn thing for 60 years, and America changed. That’s the good news,” Moore said Saturday.

Moore appeared in Iowa City alongside freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJulián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' Intercept Bureau Chief: Culinary Union concerns over "Medicare for All" are faulty MORE (D-NY), who endorsed Sanders last year, and musician Mike Posner, among others.