That’s just sad.
A Fox News host crudely suggested Tuesday night that President Obama faked his tears during his speech on gun control by hiding an onion beneath his podium.
Andrea Tantaros, who co-hosts the conservative news network’s “Outnumbered” program, was discussing Obama’s emotional announcement when she suddenly accused the President of putting on a show for political purposes.
“I would check that podium for like a raw onion,” Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros said about Obama’s tearful address on gun violence.
“This is how many years? Almost eight years, he’s almost at the end of his term,” Tantaros said. “And you haven’t heard him go to Chicago and really speak out about this issue.”
“So, I would check that podium for like a raw onion or some ‘No More Tears,'” Tantaros said, referring to a children’s shampoo designed to keep kids from crying.
“It’s not really believable,” she added. “And the award goes to … we are in awards season.”
Earlier in the day, during a passionate announcement of several executive actions he was taking to try to curb gun violence in the U.S., Obama grew emotional while discussing the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 kids and six staffers dead.
“First-graders in Newtown. First-graders,” Obama said, as tears rolled down his cheeks. “Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
Many viewers of the impassioned speech expressed on social media that they were touched by the display of raw emotion.
President Obama wipes tears away from his face during an emotional announcement about executive actions he planned to take to reduce gun violence.
Even Donald Trump, a virulent Obama critic, acknowledged that the sadness was real.
“I actually think he was sincere,” the 2016 GOP front-runner said Wednesday during an interview on Fox News. “I’ll probably go down five points in the polls by saying that.”
“I think he probably means well, (but) the concept is wrong,” Trump said, referring to the executive actions.
Obama’s new actions include background checks for guns bought from dealers online and at gun shows, as well as a mandate for extra staffing and funding for the several government agencies involved in monitoring the purchase of firearms.