Can­di­date says white male sui­cide a joke

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dou­glas Ernst

A Maine-based web­site has re­leased cell­phone video of Democrats at a “Val­ues and Vi­sion” com­mu­nity meet­ing laugh­ing at sui­cide among Amer­ica’s white male pop­u­la­tion.

Video re­leased from a re­cent event hosted by the Maine Demo­cratic Party fea­tures for­mer state sen­a­to­rial can­di­date Richard Focht­mann dis­cussing gid­di­ness at news of white male sui­cide. The in­ci­dent, shared by Maine First Me­dia and picked up by The Daily Caller soon af­ter­ward, elicited rau­cous laugh­ter from at­ten­dees.

“What we need in Maine is we need younger peo­ple — take a look. It looks al­most like a lec­ture for Social Se­cu­rity,” Mr. Focht­mann said. “OK, so that’s one thing. We need to en­cour­age as many young peo­ple. We also need more women. To­day I saw a thing that said a lot of men, white men, are com­mit­ting sui­cide,” he con­tin­ued. “I al­most thought, yeah, great. Then I thought about it a lit­tle more, and I thought maybe I shouldn’t say that out in pub­lic.”

Mr. Focht­mann told The Daily Caller on Fri­day that his com­ments were in jest.

“A joke’s a joke, isn’t it?” he said. “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.”

The Maine Demo­cratic Party ig­nored mul­ti­ple re­quests by the web­site for com­ment.

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