Fox News host Andrea Tantaros accused President Barack Obama of using a “raw onion” to produce fake tears while talking about the 20 children gunned-down at Sandy Hook Elementary School during his press conference on gun violence on Tuesday.
The hosts of Fox News’ Outnumbered were discussing Obama’s announcement that he was taking executive action to expand background checks and gun safety measures when Tantaros made the accusation.
“What was really upsetting was the tears that he wiped away again and again,” Francis said. “You want that for — I mean, we feel frighten about what’s going on with ISIS. And he can’t pull that kind of passion for anything about this.”
“I feel bad about those kids in [Newtown,] Connecticut,” she added. “Your heart breaks for them. But it’s only about this that he gets so upset about. And never about terror!”
Tantaros said that she didn’t buy Obama’s emotional moment because “he would have spoken out a long time ago.”
“This is how many years? Almost eight years, he’s almost at the end of his term,” she continued. “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 suggested. “It’s not really believable. And the award goes to… we are in awards season.”
Outnumbered co-host Meghan McCain agreed with Tantaros, saying, “It just didn’t seem horribly authentic. And maybe it is, I don’t know him at all.”
“Go to your hometown of Chicago instead of talking about God-fearing Americans when ISIS is coming to their hometown,” McCain added.
“They say he’s just cool, that’s the way he is, that he doesn’t get emotional,” she explained. “We haven’t seen this in a very long time and it’s about something that feels political, that feels somewhat insincere, that feels like it’s not going to make a huge difference.”
“It’s like bad political theater,” McCain concluded.
Watch a clip of the exchange below: