People in Ontario are obsessing over Doug Ford's binder
Another day, another reason for the people of Ontario to completely roast Doug Ford for something he's said or done.
This time, it's about the premier's appearance in Monday evening's leader's debate, during which he surprisingly did not dish out any charactristically absurd, newsworthy zingers.
In fact, constituents seem to be focusing less on what Ford actually said, and more on where he was getting his points from: a black three-ring binder that he brought to the podium, seemingly despite the rules.
I was expecting him to bring this pic.twitter.com/0wJUtfUFW1— Donna Clark (@PollyEsterTBD) May 16, 2022
Many noticed right away that Ford referred to the binder a few times during the event even though a moderator mentioned at one point that "the leaders were asked not to bring cheat sheets, props or briefing books so that this could be an unscripted conversation."
When questioned on the subject after the fact, Ford said to reporters, "There’s nothing wrong with putting notes to make sure you're organized. Guess what? People don't care about that."
But, according to Twitter today, a lot of people do in fact care.
Judging by his performance in tonight’s debate I suspect Doug Ford’s binder only had a cheesecake recipe and directions to the TV studio in it.— Barney Panofsky's Best Intentions (@mynamesnotgordy) May 17, 2022
The binder was mentioned all night morning, with people joking about what it might contain, why Ford was permitted to use it and more.
Photos of the item (and Ford glancing at it) are also circulating along with the quips.
@DougFordsBinder are you feeling that love? You gazing back?— Tori Capes 🇨🇦🎩✌️🌻🌎🇺🇦 (@ToriCapes) May 16, 2022
While some are actually peeved that the leaader was seemingly permitted to skirt the rules, most people are simply poking fun at the whole thing.
One person even went as far as making a Twitter account, @DougFordsBinder, which has now amassed more than 1,100 followers.
It appears that the account has been around since last month, but was changed to its current purpose after it was revealed last week that Ford would be granted an exception to the general no notes rule.
"I'm here!" the account tweeted last night, which followed a number of tweets teasing about what might be on each page.
#DougFordsBinder is also, of course, a hashtag now.
Here’s another photo of the binder in which one can clearly see Ford’s thoughts set out: pic.twitter.com/4STKpf31qY— Robberbaron (@RalphKramden00) May 17, 2022
Most also generally appear to think that even with the aid, Ford still didn't perform all that well against his opponents, who brought up issues like the controversial Highway 413 and Bradford Bypass, the Ontario PC party's handling of the pandemic, and other hot topics.
Even with his binder @fordnation is is a bumbling, blathering mess #onpoli #LeadersDebate #NeverVoteConservative— Farmer Took a Wife🇨🇦💉💉💉 (@katrinajwr) May 16, 2022
It definitely doesn't look like Dougie will be living down the binder thing anytime soon — that is, until his next hilarious one-liner, photo op or social media post.
It seems the man can't visit a nearby farm, share his love for Tim Hortons sandwiches or visit his local McDonald's without getting hate on, but that's all a part of the job, especially when you've made the moves he has.
From where … binder makers of Ontario? 🤣🤦♀️🤷♀️— Nicky (@theelderleto) May 17, 2022
Ford's Laptop also apparently has its own social media presence — spawned when it was revealed that Ford was just learning to use a laptop over quarantine — with a following of nearly 2,000.
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