With Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s stunning crack cocaine admission came a flood of Twitter reaction.
On Tuesday morning, Ford confirmed he had tried the drug, following months of controversy since reports of a video allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack cocaine surfaced in May.
“Am I addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors,'' he said.
“It is what it is and I can’t change the past.”
Twitter pounced on Ford’s announcement, and re-purposed his “drunken stupor” comment for entertaining results.
See some of the best Tweets below:
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There will be plenty of council fallout. Earlier today, two councillors proposed a motion that would strip Ford of many of his powers.
Ford could also face resignations from councillors on his executive committee or members of his staff could also resign.
Ford's legal battles have also not ended. Wire taps from Project Traveller and Brazen 2 could add to Ford's woes if they are released to the public.
Toronto's City Hall reporters will have plenty to do in the coming days.
Mayor left the press conference. But journalists now trying to get reactions from councillors.
"With today's announcement, I know I embarrassed everyone in this city and I will be forever sorry.
There is only one person to blame for this and that is myself. I know admitting my mistake was the right thing to do and I feel like a thousand pounds have been lifted off my shoulders.
I can't explain how difficult this was to do. I hope, I hope that nobody, that nobody has to go through what I have gone through. I know what I did was wrong and admitting it was the most difficult and embarrassing thing I have ever had to do.
Folks, I have nothing left to hide. I would do anything, absolutely anything, to change the past. But the past is the past and we must move forward. I wanna be clear, I want to be crystal clear to every single person, these mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again. I kept this from my family, especially my brother Doug, my staff, my council colleagues, because I was embarrassed and ashamed.
To the residents of Toronto, I know I have let you down and I can't do anything else but apologize and apologize. And I'm so sorry. I know, I know I have to regain your trust and your confidence.
I love my job, I love my job, I love this city, I love saving taxpayers money, I love being your mayor.
There is important work that we must advance and important decisions that must be made. For the sake of the taxpayers of this great city, for the sake of the taxpayers, we must get back to work immediately.
We must keep Toronto moving forward. I was elected to do a job and that's exactly what I'm going to continue doing. In 2010, I made a commitment to Toronto voters I have delivered on that commitment and I will continue to deliver on the commitment of saving taxpayers money.
But they have a choice, we live in a democracy, and on October 27 of 2014, I want the people of this great city to decide whether they want Rob Ford to be their mayor.
Again, I sincerely, sincerely, sincerely apologize. God bless Toronto. Thank you very much."
"I will be forever sorry. There is only one person to blame for this, and that is myself. I know that admitting my mistake..."
We'll be tweeting highlights and quotes as they come.
"Let's get our popcorn and let's stand by," says Mayor Ford's lawyer on CP24. He also says the mayor loves his job and likely won't leave.
Even the sports stations... RT @TSN1050Radio: We will be carrying Mayor Rob Ford's press conference live momentarily.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) 5 years ago
According to reporters there, mayor will be speaking soon.
Robyn Doolittle crawls under TV tripods to get near front of pack. Pays to be petite on days lokie this. Or tall.— Royson James (@RoysonJames) 2 years ago
This is what awaits Mayor Rob Ford when he comes to make his announcement in minutes http://t.co/EFrrPPvqoM— Russ Courtney (@Russ_Courtney) 3 years ago
A member of the mayor's staff suggests to me that Ford will not be stepping down. Whether that rules out a medical leave too - I'm not sure— robyndoolittle (@robyndoolittle) 5 years ago
#topoli The gates of the castle swing open... http://t.co/mZLq97HBi1— John Lorinc (@JohnLorinc) 4 years ago
Rob Ford's lawyer, Dennis Morris expects his client to "continue his job as mayor." #TOpoli #Toronto— Antony Robart (@AntonyRobart) 4 years ago
Reporters are saying that the mayor will speak in 10 minutes. They have been waiting for almost an hour.
Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum reacted to Rob Ford's big news.
" “As a human being I think that the mayor of Toronto needs to get help.” — Peter MacKay
Vice magazine is reporting that Rob Ford's office hired a hacker to try to erase the crack video.
In late July, an anonymous source approached VICE with claims that he had been hired by Amin Massoudi, the communications director for troubled Toronto mayor Rob Ford, to hack into a website.
Mayor Ford has apologized for many things this week but not for making homophobic and racist remarks. #TOpoli— Kristyn Wong-Tam 黃慧文 (@kristynwongtam) 4 years ago
Rob Ford has been in the news for years leading up to today's confession. Here's a timeline.
The hashtag #InADrunkenStupor became a popular meme minutes after Ford made his confession earlier today. Check out some of the best tweets.
Part of media crush. #Toronto #Topoli http://t.co/999CqLOsZQ— Katie Simpson (@KatieSimpson24) 4 years ago
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he announced that he had smoked crack cocaine.
"Exactly, yes I have smoked crack cocaine. But no, do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors. Probably approximately about a year ago. I answered your question. You asked the question properly, I'll answer it. Yes, I've made mistakes, all I can do now is apologize and move on."