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Canadian Columnist Compares Trump to Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

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Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 12:05 PM

A leading Canadian columnist is comparing GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump with Rob Ford, the scandal-plagued ex-mayor of Toronto, saying both owe their success to skillful braggadocio and the public's "pervasive disenchantment with politics and politicians."

"Donald Trump and Rob Ford have a lot in common. Both love to tell the world how fantastically successful they are," writes Marcus Gee, urban affairs writer for The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest national daily newspaper.

"Mr. Ford did not have the faintest blush on his face when he called himself the 'best mayor that this city has ever had.' Mr. Trump, who finds it just as hard to be humble, said that 'I've done an amazing job' as a businessman."

Trump and Ford are as different as night and day in their lifestyles.

The billionaire developer is a teetotaler, and beyond a messy divorce in the 90s, is a virtually scandal-free. The obese Ford, on the other hand, admitted smoking crack "probably in one of my drunken stupors," as The Guardian reported in 2013.

Gee says both men are also "blunt to the point of rudeness, and beyond."

"Mr. Ford once called a female member of city council 'a waste of skin,' and that's not to mention all the slurs he uttered when under the influence," he writes.

"Mr. Trump made a crack about the appearance of his opponent in the Republican race, Carly Fiorina, and said that a debate moderator who dared to challenge him had 'blood coming out of her wherever.'"

As well, Gee writes, both have trashed immigrants, with Ford once saying "those Oriental people work like dogs," and Trump suggesting illegal Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."

In addition, according to Gee, both men offer "simplistic solutions to complex problems."

"Mr. Ford said he had a ready answer to the age-old Toronto challenge of how to pay for more subway lines. Easy: get the private sector to build them," Gee says.

"Mr. Trump would put a wall along the southern border and charge Mexico to build it. Oh, and he would replace Obamacare ... with 'something terrific.' He boasts: 'Trade? We're gonna fix it. Health care? We're gonna fix it.'"

Still, Gee argues, both Trump and Ford's rantings have seemed like a "breath of fresh air" to voters used to the "so programmed, so airbrushed, so slavishly on-message" candidates of today.

"[For voters], the rants unleashed by these raging bulls against a privileged political class and overfed, inefficient governments ring true. In a plastic political world, they are desperate for something real."

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A leading Canadian columnist is comparing GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump with Rob Ford, the scandal-plagued ex-mayor of Toronto, saying both owe their success to skillful braggadocio and the public's pervasive disenchantment with politics and politicians.
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