On Tuesday, in what will likely be characterized as one of the most impassioned speeches of his tenure, President Obama announced executive actions he's taking to reduce gun violence.
At one point, the president began to cry as he recalled the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, which ultimately left 20 children dead.
"Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad" - @POTUS gets emotional about Sandy Hook. #StopGunViolence pic.twitter.com/qYhWHj0fZv — Elite Daily (@EliteDaily) January 5, 2016
Many were evidently touched by the president's public display of emotion -- but not everyone was impressed.
We have now been reduced to a country where our president cries if he doesn't get his way from Congress. Seriously. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 5, 2016
Well, that was embarrassing. As I said, he's let his emotion get the better of him. Irrational. Dishonest. And ultimately weak. — Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) January 5, 2016
Andrea Tantaros of Fox News even accused President Obama of faking his tears, suggesting he used "raw onion" to cry.
On Wednesday night, Trevor Noah gave these naysayers a piece of his mind during what was arguably his most articulate and powerful segment since he began hosting "The Daily Show."
Noah played a clip of the moment the president began to cry and said,
See that thing you're feeling right now? That pain in your chest. That comes from watching someone weep on national television, because he knows that society can do better than to file the shooting of children under 'sh*t happens.' That feeling is how you know that you are human. No matter how opposed to Obama's policies some people may be or how cynical their politics, they have to at least acknowledge and respect the raw authenticity of that emotion. Or so you would think.
Then, he showed a clip of Tantaros, among others, criticizing and taunting the president for getting emotional. This is where things got really good as Noah had some choice words for these individuals.
Are you f*cking kidding me? Shedding tears when you think of murdered children is not really believable? You know what, there is something here that's not really believable: the fact that the rest of us have to share the title of human being with you.
Indeed, while people may disagree with President Obama's approach to the issue of gun violence, it's fairly ridiculous and inhumane to mock him for crying about the deaths of innocent children.
After all, even Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump defended the president in this regard. During a phone interview on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, Trump said,
I actually think [the president] was sincere. I'll probably go down five points in the polls by saying that... It's a thing that he feels -- You know, I think he's incorrect about it, they're just taking chunks and chunks out of the Second Amendment, but, you know, I think he probably means well.
Trevor Noah's thoughts on the negative reactions to Obama's tears were spot on.
Watch the full clip of Noah ripping into those who criticized the president below.