A few days ago, Toronto Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti made some comments during an interview with Rebel Media that have people in the city furious.
In the interview, Mammoiliti said that people living in the notoriously crime-ridden area of Jane and Finch were “cockroaches.”
And people in the city are not happy to have their fellow residents called “cockroaches.”
Toronto Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, one of Doug Ford’s closest allies, went on Rebel Media this weekend and shared his solution for Jane & Finch:— PressProgress (@pressprogress) August 13, 2018
Spray them down like “cockroaches.”#cdnpoli #onpoli #topoli pic.twitter.com/NDzACBXlab
If you haven’t heard about this in the interview, Mammoliti said that when it came to solving the crime issue in the area that he saw it the same as, “spraying down a building full of cockroaches. The cockroaches are just going to scatter. Right?”
He also said that people should be evicted from their homes and that all social housing in the area should be knocked down.
People in the city didn’t take those comments lying down though.
Mammoliti would be an excellent councillor to eliminate.— Dave Ballingall (@BallingallDavid) August 13, 2018
It is, it's just terrible. We are better than this in Canada. I hope people in Toronto are aware of these comments.— Beautiful Red (@BeautifulRed7) August 14, 2018
We all know who the cockroach is.— Stewart MacLean (@StewartMacLean4) August 14, 2018
Canadians in general, and elected reps in particular, should be much better than this. This hateful rhetoric should not be given air time.— Carl Forde (@cforde) August 14, 2018
WTF is wrong with this guy? This is unacceptable talk by any politician— Melisa Kuwabara (@mkuwabee) August 14, 2018
The blowback from his comments has been so bad that Mammoliti says that he's received a death threat through a private message on Instagram.
He isn't the first politician in the city to fall prey to a backlash from comments that he's made against criminals. Earlier this year Mayor John Tory received a similar response after he called criminals "thugs," and has come under attack from a police officer for his handling of Toronto's gun crime.
An MPP also came under fire for wearing a bulletproof vest on a police ride along to the area this year.