Fox News host Andrea Tantaros was not moved by President Obama's tears during his press conference on a new series of executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence. In a segment of "Outnumbered", Tantaros suggested Obama faked his tears when he spoke about the victims of shootings throughout the country.
Tantaros joined several of her co-hosts in discussing Obama's announcement that he was expanding background checks for gun buyers and other gun safety measures. The group argued that the president's use of executive action violated the separation of powers and that he should instead be putting more effort into other issues such as the Islamic State (Isis).
"What was really upsetting was the tears he wiped away again and again," said host Melissa Francis. "We feel frightened about what's going on with Isis. And he can't pull that kind of passion for anything about this." She continued: "I feel bad about those kids in Connecticut [Sandy Hook Elementary], without question. Your heart breaks for them. But it's only about this that he gets so upset about. And never about terror!"
The show later showed a clip of the president speaking of the ongoing shootings occurring around the US, particularly in his home city of Chicago. Despite his tears, Tantaros said she did not buy into his show of emotion. The Fox News political analyst said: "This is how many years? Almost eight years, he's almost at the end of his term. And you haven't heard him go to Chicago and really speak about this issue."
She then implied that Obama faked his tears. "So, I would check that podium for like a raw onion or some No More Tears. It's not really believable. And the award goes to...we are in awards season." Tantaros comments were supported by fellow co-host Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain. "It just didn't seem horribly authentic. And maybe it is, I don't know him at all," she said. "Go to your hometown of Chicago instead of talking about God-fearing Americans when Isis is coming to their hometown."
Tantaros and company received several Twitter comments about their suggestions. "Dear @AndreaTantaros and the entire Fox News team: Tears are the APPROPRIATE reaction to first graders being massacred, you heartless f***s," tweeted Rachael MacFarlane. More comments directed at the TV host contained profanity.