Daily Show Television

Trevor Noah reports on the first consequence of a split Supreme Court and stalled Merrick Garland vote

"Was it like a cover page, and then the shrugging emoji ¯_(ツ)_/¯, and then the last page is like an 'About the Author' blurb at the end?"

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On Tuesday’s Daily Show, Trevor Noah covered the latest Supreme Court news as the now even bench sent a tied vote back down to a lower court. With the death of Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court is split 4-4 down party lines, and in a recent decision over whether Obamacare can require religious groups to offer contraception, the Court came to a tie and declared no decision.

“I don’t know why certain religious groups worry so much about contraception,” says Noah in the clip above. “I mean, after all, they know better than anyone that even virgins can be pregnant.” His segment is not about the decision itself, though, but about the consequences of a split Court. The result of this split decision was a three-page “non-decision,” which is technically not a split decision because it is no decision at all. Trevor wonders, “Was it like a cover page, and then the shrugging emoji ¯_(ツ)_/¯, and then the last page is like ‘About the Author’ blurb at the end?”

To explain why the court decided on no decision, Trevor gets into the implications of the Merrick Garland nomination and what it means for him to be held off the Court this year.

Watch the clip to see Roy Wood Jr. and Desi Lydic put on a new play called, “A Pointless Brunch with Chuck Grassley and Merrick Garland” to illustrate the absurdity of the situation.

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