Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Friday endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE (I-Vt.) for president in 2020, saying, "He absolutely can win this."
Moore said one reason for his decision to support Sanders is the senator's willingness to recognize that capitalism "is at the core of" a number of issues facing the country.
"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."
Moore said Sanders "absolutely" could win the nomination and cited a recent Emerson University survey that showed Sanders leading President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE in Iowa while other Democratic contenders were not.
"He absolutely, absolutely can win this," Moore said.
Moore also endorsed Sanders, a democratic socialist, over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
Sanders said in a tweet on Friday that Moore and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSecurity policy expert: Defense industry donations let lawmakers 'ignore public opinion' Do progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Don't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery MORE (D-N.Y.), would be joining him at a Saturday rally in New York.
Moore responded to the tweet by reiterating his support for Sanders.
"Proud to support you and the MOVEMENT you’ve ignited. When you’re in the Oval Office, we will all be in the Oval Office. Millions stand with you. Big rally In 13 hours in New York City! See you there," the documentary filmmaker wrote.
Tomorrow: I'm so excited to be joined by @MMFlint and @AOC in New York for a rally to show the billionaire class we're ready to take them on. RSVP here: https://t.co/nyqtMVEcXQ pic.twitter.com/Ux03Z6qbkE— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 18, 2019
Thanks Bernie! Proud to support you and the MOVEMENT you’ve ignited. When you’re in the Oval Office, we will all be in the Oval Office. Millions stand with you. Big rally In 13 hours in New York City! See you there. https://t.co/8FcCgwbKY1— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 19, 2019
Sanders is one of the leading contenders among more than a dozen candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.