Just a day after an eventful Toronto City Council meeting that ended with Rob Ford getting stripped of many of his mayoral powers (and during which Ford bowled into an unsuspecting City Councilwoman while attempting to aid his brother, who was involved in an “altercation” across the room), Ford sat down with Matt Lauer of The Today Show to discuss his beleaguered mayorship.
Here are some of the least reassuring quotes from the interview:
- Ford on whether he’s “brought disgrace to this office”: “We’ve all made mistakes, Matt. I’m not perfect. Maybe you are, maybe other people are. I’ve made mistakes. I admitted to my mistakes.”
- Ford on whether he’s a crack addict: “I’m not [addicted to crack cocaine], and they said: ‘Do you use crack cocaine?’ No, I don’t use crack cocaine. No. Have I tried crack cocaine? Yes, I’ve tried crack.”
- Ford on smoking crack when drunk: “Show me the video…Because I want to see it. I can’t even barely remember it. I was very, very inebriated.”
- Ford on whether he’s seeking drug treatment: “I’m not in any drug treatment programs. I have a weight issue. I’ve been training every day. All I can say, Matt, actions speak louder than words. I invite you to come back. Give me five or six months, and if they don’t see a difference, I’ll eat my words.”
- Ford’s brother, Councilman Doug Ford, on what worries him: “His weight issues, when he goes on a binge, when he goes, if you want to call it binge-drinking, and I hear about it, yeah, it’s concerning. Do I know, on a personal side, has Rob been 100 percent honest? No, he hasn’t.”
- Rob Ford on what would happen if he was drunk during an emergency: “I’m very fortunate it hasn’t happened. It’s very few isolated incidents that it’s happened [that he's been drunk on the job]. And you’re absolutely right. I’m very fortunate that that hasn’t happened, but that could happen with anybody at any time. Say you had gone out drinking or you were drunk, and say something happened to your family.”
- Ford on whether he’s worried about reelection: “They’re not going to find another Rob Ford.”
Here’s the video:
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