Maine Democrats Laugh About Rising Suicide Rates Among White Males [VIDEO]
2:45 PM 04/14/2017
Former Maine senatorial candidate Richard Fochtmann was filmed joking about rising suicide rates among white males at a recent event hosted by the Maine Democratic Party.
Laughing hipsters (Shutterstock)
The video shows Fochtmann tell the crowd at a “Values and Vision” community meeting about how the Democratic Party needs more “young people” and “more women.”
“Today, you know, I saw a [inaudible] that said a lot of men, white men are committing suicide,” he continued. “I almost thought yeah, great.”
“Then I thought about it little more,” he added as the crowd laughed. “And I thought maybe I shouldn’t say that out in public.”
According to the CDC, suicide rates across all demographics rose 24 percent from 199-2014.
Furthermore, non-Hispanic white males saw the second greatest increase in suicide rates across that time period.
Fochtmann unsuccessfully challenged Maine Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason in the 2016 election.
He was defeated by more than 34 percent of the vote.
When asked about his remark, Fochtmann told The Daily Caller “a joke’s a joke isn’t it?”
“I’m a white male. I’m an old man, and I’m appalled by what’s happening to a lot of people my age, and their either lack of morality or whatever it is,” he continued. “There’s no big protest going on about [the Trump] administration.”
“It’s anathema to me. I hear a lot of people out there espousing things about being good Christians, being patriots and what not. We just read different history books. Different Bible, everything.”
“I don’t really know what to say,” Fochtmann conceded. “I thought the point of the joke is that it won’t be long, and that this won’t be a majority white nation, and I think that’s a good thing.”
“I think it’s about time Americans come to terms with we are a melting pot,” he clarified. “We’ve been calling ourselves a melting pot forever and ever and ever.”
“So there you are, you know, one of these days we’ll be a big melting pot stew and it won’t predominantly be white people, and that’s ok with me.”
The Maine Democratic Party ignored multiple requests for comment from TheDC on the video.
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