Doug Ford tries to appease Jewish people, offends them anyway
At a mayoral debate hosted by two Jewish organizations on Sunday, lesser-known candidate Ari Goldkind, who is Jewish, raised a pertinent issue: mayor Rob Ford’s on-the-record use of an ethnic slur that is offensive to Jews. Doug Ford’s response to the jab was completely—almost beautifully—oblivious to 500 years’ worth of Jewish stereotypes. “You know something,” he said, according to the Star, “my doctor, my Jewish doctor, my Jewish dentist, my Jewish lawyer, my Jewish”—at this point, he was cut off by booing and laughter. He finished with a nod to his family’s “utmost respect” for the Jewish community. Now, strangely, a day after the fact, Ford has begun telling reporters that his wife Karla is Jewish.