Obama delivered an emotional speech to roll out his executive order aimed at curbing gun violence and expanding background checks.
He got choked up when recalling the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which left 20 first-graders dead.
“Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” he said, wiping away tears. “And by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day.”
Tantaros and other Fox News contributors were critical of Obama’s display of emotion, adding that the president should have spoken out about the issue and visited Chicago earlier in his presidency.
“If he really cared about an issue, especially like Chicago in his hometown, and it was plausible, he’d be doing something very different than he’s doing, and he would have spoken out a long time ago,” Tantaros said.
“He’s almost at the end of his term, and you haven’t heard him go to Chicago and really speak out about this issue, and he’s uniquely poised to do so really. But everything he’s doing won’t solve the problem.”