Responding to Wednesday morning's shooting in Alexandria, Va., President Trump offered a reassuring message to the American people.
He paid homage to the police officers who risked their lives to save those at the baseball practice.
"Our brave Capitol Police perform a challenging job with incredible skill. And their sacrifice makes democracy possible."
Trump recognized Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., as an individual, as well as a Congressman.
"Congressman Scalise is a friend, and a very good friend. And he's a patriot and a fighter."
And Trump called on Americans to respect those in public service. "Always remember those who serve and keep us safe".
It was a great statement. A presidential statement. Trump offered words of unity in a confident manner. He did not bluster or politicize the attack
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., offered a different kind of response.
McAuliffe was asked whether politicians need greater protection. He didn't waste any time to spew out sound bites.
"Let me say this, I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens. I have long advocated, this is not what today is about, there are too many guns on the street."
It was a remark of vintage hypocrisy. McAuliffe calls for new gun control restrictions while simultaneously claiming "this is not what today is about".
Still, that was just McAuliffe's hors d'oeuvre. Because his next line was truly priceless.
"We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence. I mean, I've long talked about this. Background checks, shutting down gun show loopholes. That's not for today's discussion, but it's not just for politicians."
Here, not only did McAuliffe double down on his hypocrisy: "'background checks..." followed by "that's not for today's discussion", he claimed that 93 million Americans die from gun violence each day.
Yes, it's clear that McAuliffe misspoke here -- three in 10 Americans aren't dying every day, let alone dying from gun violence.
Nevertheless, it's not clear what he actually meant to say. After all, when you get into "guns" and "millions" territory, it's not terribly obvious where you're heading. Except for the realm of political hyperbole.
Today's attack was an assault on American democracy. But it has already produced a dichotomy of political reactions.
One prudent. One pathetic.