Rob Ford's tumultuous reign exposed the fissures in our democracy Add to ..

March 22, 2016 3:32 PM

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There was something both ironic and fitting that, as Rob Ford lay dying of cancer last week in Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, a handful of U.S. media outlets resuscitated him as a cautionary case study of early Trumpism: Just as the press had laughed off Mr. Ford’s mayoral candidacy in the summer of 2010 and then watched, mouths agape, when Don Cherry placed the Chain of Office on him a few months later, the American pundit and political classes have been powerless to stop the billionaire blowhard’s morph from reality-TV joke to legitimate presidential aspirant.

And the same forces that animated Mr. Ford’s ascent to the mayor’s office are still roiling away on this side of the border.

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