Doug Ford on Donald Trump: 'He's going to be the next president'
Trump borrowing a page from Rob Ford’s playbook, former Toronto councillor says
Does Donald Trump, the brash, loud and populist Republican presidential candidate, remind you of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford?
Because Rob's brother Doug Ford, a former Toronto councillor and mayoral candidate, says he sure sees the similarity.
And just as Rob Ford shocked many in Toronto when he easily beat the competition to become mayor in 2010, Doug Ford is confident Trump will also win both his party's leadership race and this November's presidential election.
"When he first announced everyone was laughing and I said 'he's going to win,'" Ford told CBC News on Wednesday.
"He's going to be the next president."
Ford said a number of Toronto councillors have suggested to him that Trump is borrowing a page from the Ford Nation playbook, something he said he doesn't mind at all.
Both Ford and Trump use their business background as a selling point and both consider themselves populists.
Doug Ford said Trump also stands out because: "he's not a politician — he's against the establishment."
"He doesn't owe anyone anything at all," Ford said, noting the influence of political action committees and lobbyists on the campaign trail.
Ford also thinks Trump can ride his momentum and defeat Hillary Clinton, who moved closer to capturing the Democratic presidential nomination this week.
"There's a lot of baggage Hillary carries, along with Bill," he said, referring to Clinton's husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who held office from 1993 to 2001.
Trump differs from the Ford's in this sense. Rob and Doug Ford's father, Doug Ford Sr., served as an Ontario MPP before the brothers entered politics. With Trump, Doug Ford said, Americans are enjoying the outsider.
"It's time for a fresh face. They're tired of the Washington elites," he said.