Samantha Bee Decries Trump’s ‘Stand Back and Stand By’


“Wow, there you have it, folks. Trump had an opportunity to be like, ‘White supremacists, I don’t [expletive] with you.’ Instead he’s like ‘Stand by, guys. I never know when I’m going to need you.’” — TREVOR NOAH

“‘Stand back and stand by’ is a horrifying thing to say to a group of white supremacists, even more horrifying than when Trump yells it out to the Secret Service as he’s waging war on the Air Force One bathroom.” — SAMANTHA BEE

“Like, no president should ever have to be pressured this hard into condemning white supremacists. It’s the easiest thing. Trump did it so grudgingly, he was like one of those guys who refuses to make real apologies. [imitating Trump] ‘What? I am supposed to apologize for tailgating at your dad’s funeral? Fine, I’m sorry — I’m sorry that you’re unable to have a good time.’” — TREVOR NOAH

“Yeah, it’s not good when you ask the president if he’ll condemn white supremacy and the ‘Jeopardy!’ music starts playing in his head while he thinks it over.” — JIMMY FALLON

“That’s not denouncing — that’s troubling. That’s like when the debate moderator asked Nixon to denounce psychotic thrill-kill cults, and he said, ‘Manson family, stand back and stand by. Have you seen the little piggies crawling in the dirt? Helter skelter! Helter skelter!’” — STEPHEN COLBERT

“The president’s choice of words was so inspiring to these racist numbskulls that today the Proud Boys started selling merch with their new catchphrase. A good indication that you didn’t properly denounce someone is when they make your denunciation their new slogan. That’s why Joe McCarthy never wore a T-shirt that said, ‘At long last, sir, have you no decency?’” — STEPHEN COLBERT