Yesterday conservative news website Maine First Media dropped a bombshell recording from the Maine Democratic Party’s “Values and Vision” summit.
The recording shows a speaker make light of the suicide rate among white people. While this is certainly alarming, the fact the crowd is laughing about the rise in people taking their own lives is also disturbing.????
— Maine First Media (@MaineFirstMedia) April 13, 2017
Maine First Media reports the speaker is Richard Fochtmann, who the Maine Democratic Party ran against incumbent Republican Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason last year. In the video, Fochtmann can be seen discussing the rise in suicides among white men and encouraging it.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death among Americans, with 44,193 Americans taking their own lives every year. According to the Center for Disease Control, the age-adjusted suicide rate has increased 24% from 1999 to 2014, with the pace of increase greater after 2006. Suicide rates have increased among males and females over this period among all age groups from 10-74.