Gunfire shattered the placid early morning in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday in what became our country’s 154th mass shooting this year and the first of two that day. The difference, of course, was that members of Congress were involved, so it was automatically a national story that the nation’s political leaders had to address. Democratic and Republican leaders, including President Trump, did an outstanding job of calling for unity and a deescalation of rhetoric at a time when the incident had placed American politics on a powder keg.

Stephen Colbert sat down with The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah last night, and the two comedians dished out praise for Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican Speaker Paul Ryan:

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The key point here is that these days, so much that passes for political discourse and action is merely theater. The CNN panels, politicians’ viral stunts, the tweets—they’re all performance from leaders who very often don’t actually care about the outcome, or how it will affect people. “It’s almost become like wrestling,” Noah said, “where the fans don’t realize that those people get along. Those people fight every single…