Michael Moore: Sanders can beat Trump in 2020
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Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore, a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE, believes Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) can defeat the president heading into the 2020 election.  

Moore argued that “the weakness of the president” could make Sanders’s White House bid successful in 2020 in a Tuesday interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

Trump was impeached by the House last week on two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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Moore added that Sanders was being “perceived as the real deal” by voters, and that could also be a boost to his campaign. 

“He’s outside the box the way Trump was [in 2016]” Moore told Matthews. 

Matthews pressed Moore on whether Sanders, who is 78, could “go the distance, all the way through four years.” 

Moore responded that he saw Sanders give a speech Saturday “that went an hour and a half” and he “didn’t use that lectern as a crutch or anything.”

“He stood there and powerfully told the people that what we have to do to make this a better country. It was so amazing, and if you’d been there — I’ll tell you, it wasn’t the old Bernie stump speech,” Moore said.

Moore endorsed Sanders among the crowded field of 2020 Democratic candidates in October, saying that “he absolutely can win this” at the time. Moore also endorsed Sanders over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' NYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info New Hampshire state lawmaker switches support from Warren to Klobuchar MORE in the 2016 Democratic primary.

"Why me for Bernie?" he said in an MSNBC interview. "Bernie understands that capitalism and the greedy form of capitalism, especially, that we have now is at the core of so many of the problems that we're talking about."