Onetime Democratic state Senate candidate Richard Fochtmann had attendees at a Maine Democratic Party event in stitches with a comment about the rising suicide rate among white men.
During his speech to fellow Pint Tree Staters, Fochtmann began speaking about how more women should be involved in the Democratic Party in his state, when he interrupted himself and began sharing a thought he'd had about a statistic he had seen recently.
“Today, you know, I saw a thing, and it said a lot of men — white men — are committing suicide,” he said. “I almost thought, 'Yeah, great!'”
This caused the Democrats in attendance to begin laughing .
“Then I thought about it little more, and I thought maybe I shouldn’t say that out in public,” he concluded.
The Daily Caller reached out to Fochtmann, who wrote the comment off as a joke, though he says that it's a "good thing" that it won't be long before America is not a majority-white nation:
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.”