Michael Moore on Sanders endorsement: 'I've always been with Bernie'

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore told Hill.TV on Friday that his support for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill MORE (I-Vt.) dates back to the presidential candidate's time as a mayor.

When asked why he endorsed Sanders last weekend, Moore said, “I’ve always been with Bernie. I’ve been for Bernie since he was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont.”

The Academy Award winner endorsed Sanders alongside progressive star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse progressives urge Garland to intervene in ex-environmental lawyer Steven Donziger's case Boebert and Omar fight leaves GOP scrambling Dearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized MORE (D-N.Y.) during a rally Saturday in Queens, N.Y.

In explaining why he decided to back Sanders over progressive rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Restless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE (D-Mass.), Moore argued that the self-declared democratic socialist is best equipped to address an “economic system that has caused great harm.”

“It’s unfair, it’s unjust, it’s not democratic, it’s cruel,” Moore said about the U.S. economic system.

Moore, who backed Sanders over former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, said he was heartened by Sanders’s return to the campaign trial following a recent heart attack.

"If you go online and watch the whole speech, you'll see actually a very different speech and a slightly different Bernie,"  Moore told Hill.TV. “If you have an experience — an incident or whatever — that kind of reminds you that we are mortal."

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