Watch an Enraged Rob Ford Knock Over a City Councillor By Accident

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Nov. 18 2013 3:47 PM

Watch an Enraged Rob Ford Knock Over a City Councillor By Accident

At this point, Rob Ford is pretty much just a walking (make that running) teaser for his new reality show, which debuts tonight. The above clip occurred at today's city council meeting, at which members are voting to further strip Ford of as much power has they possibly can. At one point Ford grew enraged with someone across the room and seemingly attempted to rush over to confront him or her—but in the process he ran straight into Councillor Pam McConnell, sending her briefly to the ground and launching a million-and-one "Wrecking Ball" jokes on Twitter in the process.

My colleague Emma Roller just got off the phone with Glenn Gustafson, McConnell's executive assistant, and he confirms that the contact appeared to be accidental. Still, he says, McConnell is "pretty shaken up by it" and that it could have been worse because she came very close to falling into a glass partition and metal handrail behind her. "I'm speechless," Gustafson said. "Honest to god, I'm speechless." Asked if he wanted to comment generally on Ford's recent behavior, Gustafson laughed for about 10 seconds before responding: "Really? It kind of speaks for itself."

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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