Filmmaker Michael Moore hailed White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill The Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Fox's Ingraham mocks DNC over Nevada voting malfunctions: 'Are we a Third World country?' 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 WarrenThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen Surging Sanders looks for decisive win in Nevada Bloomberg to do interview with Al Sharpton MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Democratic nominee won't be democratically chosen At Democratic debate, missed opportunities on immigration Surging Sanders looks for decisive win in Nevada 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements MORE (D-NY), who endorsed Sanders last year, and musician Mike Posner, among others.