As I predicted before the campaign began, Doug Ford's Team Harper handlers are trying to muzzle him.
Or at least restrict media access to him, just like they did with their Great Fallen Leader.
To try to prevent Ford from sticking one or both feet in his mouth.
But it's just not working.
They can keep the Fordzilla in a bubble, but he still looks like a beast.
And he still sounds like a bigot.
A day after drawing stern rebukes for saying the province should be “taking care of our own first,” Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford scrambled to do damage control over his controversial remarks about bringing more immigrants to northern Ontario.
Or even more like Canada's Donald Trump.
While PC officials initially insisted Ford’s remarks were “gravely misconstrued,” both Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath expressed shock. A Wynne strategist said the lines echo U.S. President Donald Trump’s “nativist” rhetoric.
For while some of Ford's resemblance to Trump can be explained by his abominable ignorance.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Doug Ford doesn't know how a bill is passed. #onpoli #FordNation pic.twitter.com/azCcH08kji— Rob Anders (@sleepyrobanders) May 9, 2018
Or his inner ape.
He might as well be wearing a Make America Great Again cap like so many of his supporters...
For there are so many similarities between him and the orange oaf.
They both have many brutish followers, who make ignorance a virtue, are virulently bigoted, and hideously xenophobic.
They both seek to surround themselves with right-wing freaks like Andrew Lawton.
Who among other things believes that Canadians who use food banks should be forced to hunt for their food.
Both Trump and Ford seek to pleasure the fanatics of the religious right, and vicious anti-gay bigots like his spiritual adviser Charles McVety.
Who would make life miserable for bullied children in our schools...
But who Ford, who had himself anointed before the campaign, claims is a "good" and "respectful" man.
They both go around ranting and raving about the "elites" when they are them. Rich capitalist pigs with big homes all over the place.
They are both rank misogynists, with Ford clearly trying to physically impose himself on Kathleen Wynne.
Like Trump did during his debates with Hillary Clinton...
So whatever some in the Con media say, Ford and Trump do have their similarities, and as Michael Warren writes, both are dangerous tricksters.
The more conservative commentators try to emphasize the differences between Donald Trump and Doug Ford, the more Ford’s actions point to the similarities. Yes, no two politicians are the same. There are differences. But at the core they are both dangerous, pretender populists.
They make suckers out of their supporters, for they are only in it for themselves...
Both Trump and Ford promote the illusion they are “on our side.” They are fighting for the taxpayer, the little guy. “Liberal fat cats and insiders are getting raises while real folks aren’t.”
In reality, both Ford and Trump are themselves business elites who are masquerading as populists. They are feeding off this very real cultural resentment – fanning the flames of discontent for their own ends.
And this is what you get if you vote for Ford:
Less take-home-pay for the working poor.
Restricted access to abortion.
Dismantling of climate change initiatives 75,000 health care and education jobs lost. Disruption of current transit plans
A rollback of the updated sex education curricula.
A premier who dealt hash to low level dealers.
As well as old people dying in hospital corridors, and many millennials looking for another place to live...
In short, a real nightmare.
And the good news?
The NDP seems to be gaining momentum.
An Anybody-but-Ford movement is percolating.
Swaths of Liberal and NDP voters most firmly opposed to Doug Ford are preparing to switch allegiance if the other party appears to have a better chance of stopping his Progressive Conservatives.
Which for me at least, makes this option even more attractive...
For all I'm interested in at this point is that Ford be defeated.
The risk is just too great.
The last thing we need is a Canadian Trump.
The beast must be caged.
And in the name of human decency, Ford must be stopped...