Filmmaker Michael Moore hailed White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed 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 WarrenBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick Biden's economic team gets mixed reviews from Senate Republicans MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation 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-CortezModerate Democrats: Everyone's older siblings Ocasio-Cortez raises 0K to fight food and housing insecurity during video game battle Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout MORE (D-NY), who endorsed Sanders last year, and musician Mike Posner, among others.