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GOPer Don Young doubles down: Suicide is an ‘illness’ lazy people get from government handouts

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Alaska Rep. Don Young (R) on Wednesday stood behind his assertion that suicide was caused by a lack of support from family and friends, and added that government handouts were also to blame.

The Alaska Republican had drawn criticism after he told students at Wasilla High School on Tuesday that families and friends of victims were at fault for the state’s high suicide rates. Students found the remarks particularly hurtful because a classmate had died just days before.

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Young went on to tell the students that same-sex marriage was like two bulls mating.

In a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday, Young spokesperson Matt Shuckerow said that the congressmen did not “mean to upset anyone with his well-intentioned message.”

Shuckerow said that Young had offered his “regret for any offense taken during the honest and spirited discussion.”

But on Wednesday, Young seemed to double down on his remarks while speaking at Palmer senior center in Wasilla.

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, Young was “defiant” when he was asked about his “lack of support” comment.

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Young explained that one of the students “had the gall to say suicide is a disease.”

“It is not a disease. It is an illness,” he continued. “Now a lot of times that illness should be recognized by a support group and it should be supported by the teachers that recognize this person has an illness. He needs help. Is it his parents or is it his friends who are not supporting him?”

The congressmen went on to say that there were less suicides when he first moved to Alaska because people worked hard, and didn’t take government handouts.

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“When people had to work and had to provide and had to keep warm by putting participation in cutting wood and catching the fish and killing the animals, we didn’t have the suicide problem,” Young opined, adding that government handouts were “saying you are not worth anything but you are going to get something for nothing,”

Watch the video below from KTBY, broadcast Oct. 23, 2014.

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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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