A former candidate for the Maine State Senate was caught on video at an event hosted by the state Democratic Party celebrating the increasing rate of white male suicide — to massive cheers and laughter from the crowd.
The shocking video is presented below:
Richard Fochtmann, a 2016 Democratic Party candidate for the state senate, made the shocking remarks at the “Values & Vision” event of the Maine Democrats on April 3, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn. Judging by the laughter and applause from the crowd, his party appears to share his “values.”
“You know, today I saw a thing that said a lot of men — white men — are committing suicide,” Fochtmann stated, “and I almost said yeah! Great!”
As soon as Fochtmann finished his statement, the crowd began laughing.
“Then I thought about it, and I thought, well, maybe I shouldn’t say that in public,” Fochtmann continued.
Maine First, who obtained the raw video of the event, told Big League Politics that the chairman of the party, Phil Bartlett, was seen handing Fochtmann the mic and laughing at the suicide remarks.
“Very sick, Maine has a strong background of blue collar Dems, Bernie Sanders won here,” Maine First told Big League Politics. “It’s sad to see how far the Dems have fallen here.”
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate has skyrocketed to the highest in more than three decades.
While the suicide rate has risen in almost every group, two groups saw a decline — black men and people over 75 years old.
From 2009 through 2014, the CDC found that the suicide rate dramatically increased 43% among white men aged 45 to 64.
In 2014, the last year of the study, white men made up 83% of the 33,113 male suicide deaths in the United States. It is important to remember that these are all human beings with families.
At least Fochtmann, who appears to be a white man himself, and his cronies in the Maine Democratic Party, got a good laugh out of this tragic epidemic.