Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford issued a stern warning to the Toronto City Council on Monday as legislators were debating a measure that would strip Ford of much of his powers, staff and budget.
“This, folks, reminds me of when, when I was watching with my brother, when Saddam attacked Kuwait,” Ford said. “And President Bush said, ‘I warn you, I warn you, I warn you, do not.’”
“Well folks, if you think American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait,” Ford added. And you will never see something, that, mark my words my friends, this is going to be outright war in the next election.”
Councillors pointed to Ford’s admission of crack-cocaine and alcohol use, as well as a number of instances of erratic behavior as grounds for curtailing his power. Ford, who has refused to resign by citing the taxpayers of Toronto, warned lawmakers that voters would have an opportunity to weigh in during next year’s election.
“It is absolutely the worst thing you can do for democracy,” Ford added. “What goes around comes around, friends.”
Ford stormed through a City Council meeting earlier Monday, knocking over Councillor Pam McConnell.
“It was a complete accident,” Ford said, according to NBC News. “I sincerely apologize.”
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