Filmmaker Michael Moore hailed White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Judge slams Wisconsin governor, lawmakers for not delaying election amid coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden offers to talk coronavirus response with Trump 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 WarrenHillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees Biden confirms he's considering Whitmer for VP MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden confirms he's considering Whitmer for VP Democratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much 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-CortezOvernight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes Maloney, Ocasio-Cortez call on FDA to revise ban on gay men from donating blood amid shortage Overnight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus MORE (D-NY), who endorsed Sanders last year, and musician Mike Posner, among others.