Whatever the consequences, Doug Ford likes to say things. Sometimes these comments are ill-advised or nonsensical, like the time he spoke about being racist against apples.
Yesterday, he spoke in glowing terms about Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president.
Despite Trump’s free-falling poll numbers and defections from the party faithful, in a lengthy CityNews interview, Dougie details why he’s with him.
In the interview, Doug refers to:
- “Crooked Hillary,” a common epithet used by Trump and his supporters to cast aspersion on his opponent.
- Questions whether the multiple sexual assault allegations levelled against the candidate are true.
- Says that he would be fine with his daughters alone in a room with Donald Trump, and then pivots to say he would not be fine with Hillary Clinton managing his tax dollars.
- He adds: “I just got off the phone with one of my account executives in New Jersey. Female. I have another female that runs my New Jersey facility. She just said, this is a bunch of nonsense. I support Donald Trump 100 per cent. She’s a very bright, educated woman.”
It might be tempting to ignore Ford’s defence of the most reprehensible mainstream presidential candidate in modern history. But the former mayoral candidate, even out of office, speaks for a sizeable political constituency in Toronto. It also appears that he wants to run for political office in the future, so how he thinks and what his values are matters. The next time Doug tries to cast himself as the populist champion of the marginalized and downtrodden, let’s remember his defence of Donald Trump, and what that says about Ford.