Rob Ford defends himself on 'Today': 'I was very, very inebriated'
Toronto mayor Rob Ford must be in a drunken stupor to still be using his “drunken stupor” excuse.
In a Today show interview that aired Tuesday morning, Matt Lauer crossed the border to speak with the embattled politician, who was joined by his councilman brother, Doug Ford. But the Toronto mayor, red-faced and whiny, spun a familiar tale of drunken reasoning and utter refusal to admit that his drug and alcohol issues make him grossly unfit to serve his city.
“You have brought disgrace to this office, and you know that’s true,” Lauer said.
“I’m embarrassed,” Ford admitted. “Not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that. 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.” But admission to Ford apparently is repeating the same “drunken stupor” excuse for smoking crack cocaine. Lauer called it “a game of semantics.”
“The best excuse I heard you give for using that crack cocaine,” Lauer said, “was ‘I was in a drunken stupor.’ And I’m wondering, is that supposed to make anybody feel better?”
Ford contended “no,” but demanded he see recorded evidence. “I wanna see it…I can barely remember it. I was very, very inebriated,” he said.
Lauer then went on to grill Ford on his lack of enrollment in any substance abuse treatment program. Ford, in a strange counter-move, played the body mass index card — “I have a weight issue, I’ve been training every day. All I can say, Matt, actions speak louder than words.” (Perhaps this would be a good time to give you some background on Ford’s baffling behavior at a city council meeting in which he nearly bowled over a councilwoman.)
Ford challenged Lauer to come back to Toronto and check up on him in five to six months, “and if you don’t see a difference, I’ll eat my word.”
Ford’s brother, Doug, a council member, contended that Rob was fit to be mayor, but thought his weight issues were the bigger problem here. “When he goes on a binge, when he goes on a — if you wanna call it — binge drinking, and I hear about it? Yeah, it’s concerning.”
Issues of logic aside, Ford doesn’t seem to be budging. “They’re not gonna find another Rob Ford,” he said.
Watch Rob Ford’s Today show interview below:
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