Trevor Noah took right-wing scoffers to task for questioning the sincerity of President Obama's tears of the slaughtered children of Newtown. (Photo: Comedy Central)

Trevor Noah took right-wing scoffers to task for questioning the sincerity of President Obama’s tears over the slaughtered children of Newtown. (Photo: Comedy Central)

Trevor Noah’s turn as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show” has been pretty uneventful–until last night. He took down right wing scoffers who criticized President Obama for tearing up over children and staffers slaughtered in Newtown, Conn.

“That feeling is how you know that you’re human,” he said.

“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,” he said.

Obama went on national television on Tuesday (Jan. 5) to reveal his plans for executive orders to tighten existing gun laws involving background checks and closing loopholes that allow people to regularly sell guns without registering as a dealer.

He grew particularly emotional when he talked about the 20 children and six staff members who were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 by a deranged teenager.

The reaction on Fox News among right-wing commentators was immediate and incredulous. Obama, of course, was accused of faking it.


One commentator said check for an onion on his dais. Another said he used the “Ben Gay” trick, rubbing the stuff under his eyes to produce the tears.

They also acted like it was the first time a president has ever cried while addressing the nation, adding hypocrisy to their shameful list of outrages.

George H.W. Bush cried in 1999 recalling the moments leading up to the war in Iraq. Dwight D. Eisenhower cried in 1952 after a speech to the 82nd Airborne. George W. Bush cried during a Medal of Honor ceremony in 2007, according to historical references.

And, well, former Republican House Speaker John Boehner cried over just about everything.

But somehow, Obama was being disingenuous for getting weepy over slaughtered children. “I would check that podium for like a raw onion, or some no more tears. I just, it’s not really believable,” said conservative commentator Andrea Tantaros.

“Are you f***ing kidding me?” Trevor responded.

“Shedding tears when you think of murdered children is not really believable? You know what? There is something here that is not really believable, the fact that the rest of us have to share the title of human being with you,” he said.

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