Filmmaker Michael Moore hailed White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSteyer endorses Biden for president Sanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Sanders 2020 press secretary: Democratic leadership interested in 'corporate status quo' or 'they're planning to replace Joe' 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 WarrenSteyer endorses Biden for president Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license Senators, bipartisan state officials press Congress for more election funds The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats 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 calls for extending census period Harris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill 'Drag Race' teases first look at guest judge Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-NY), who endorsed Sanders last year, and musician Mike Posner, among others.