Doug Ford thinks the so-called "Ford Nation" is ready to fight like warrior poets.
The Toronto city councillor and manager of his brother's re-election campaign told The Toronto Sun Monday that the upcoming attacks on challenger John Tory and likely candidate Olivia Chow will be like something out of a movie.
"When the snow melts – have you ever seen Braveheart when the guys are coming over the hill? That's going to be Ford Nation coming at these guys," Doug Ford told the Toronto Sun's Don Peat.
But the fact that Wallace was tortured, disemboweled and beheaded by King Edward I led many to take to Twitter Tuesday to question if Doug Ford saw the end of the 1995 movie.
Based on Doug Ford's 'Braveheart' comment, I think it's fair to say that he hadn't seen Braveheart. Or if he did, lacked understanding.— Kevin Menzel (@kevinmenzel) March 11, 2014
— Adrian Morrow (@AdrianMorrow) March 11, 2014
"Didja see Braveheart? Ford's William Wallace."
"Found guilty and drawn & quartered by the authorities?"
"Shut up."March 11, 2014
Doug Ford compared Rob to Mel Gibson in brave heart... I think he forgot how that movie ended.— Timbehr (@Timbertyphoon) March 11, 2014
Someone should send a copy of Braveheart to Doug Ford - If I recall correctly, things don't end well for Mel Gibson.... #TOPoli— Michael Tolensky (@METLIFE82) March 11, 2014
Doug Ford's Braveheart conflation is interesting, as it suggests he thinks Rob is more valuable as a martyr. #topoli— Kevin Wilson (@kvonbling) March 11, 2014
Rob Ford COULD be like Braveheart, in terms of being quartered by the horses of Alcohol, Drugs, Terrible Performance & Enabling Brother.— Tom (@thomasjohnd) March 11, 2014
Doug likens Ford Nation to Braveheart warriors. Mel Gibson lost, Doug. They racked him. #TOpoli— c_kenn (@c_kenn) March 11, 2014
Others found it curious Doug Ford would reference a film that starred someone whose career took a nosedive after several high-profile, booze-fueled outbursts.
BREAKING NEWS: Mel Gibson issues a statement distancing himself from Rob and Doug Ford.— Catherine Solmes (@ccath) March 11, 2014
The Braveheart/Ford Nation comparison is apt, considering that movie was a self-aggrandizing myth spun by an alcoholic millionaire. #topoli— Ian MacIntyre (@MrIanMacIntyre) March 11, 2014
The most striking similarity between Rob Ford and Braveheart is that Rob Ford's heart is as shriveled and hateful as Mel Gibson's— Duncan Idunno (@DuncanIdunno) March 11, 2014
In terms of Mel Gibson films, Rob Ford isn't BRAVEHEART, he's APOCALYPTO— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) March 11, 2014
And others wondered about the Ford brothers' penchant for odd comparisons.
Doug Ford says Rob Ford campaign like Braveheart. Rob Ford compares self to Kuwait being attacked by Iraq. By Oct. 27, will RoFo be Crimea?— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) March 11, 2014
…have the Ford's been asleep the last 20 years? #topoli— Roy Schulze (@thbthttt) March 11, 2014
But while the Fords paint themselves as underdogs in this fight, a Toronto group is raising money to remind voters about their deep pockets.
A new crowdfunding campaign seeks to raise $5,000 to erect a billboard reminding Torontonians that Rob Ford is probably worth millions, thanks in large part to his late father's label printing company.
While it's not clear exactly how much the mayor has in the bank, public records analyzed by The Globe and Mail's Greg MacArthur revealed Rob Ford and his family are "far better off than your average Canadian."
Torontonians head to the polls on Oct. 27.
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