Supreme Court Shenanigans!

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  • CGP Grey
    CGP Grey7 mánuðum síðan

    Director's Commentary:

  • hublanderuk


    Mánuði síðan

    How about doing a video about the UK Surpreme Court since until about 40 years ago the top court in the UK was the House of Lords but it changed.

  • Corbin Crutchley

    Corbin Crutchley

    2 mánuðum síðan

    Hey Gray, it seems like this Patreon link 404s (including the one in the video description)

  • Stuart Johnson

    Stuart Johnson

    5 mánuðum síðan

    Short answer and easiest peace: keep it at 9

  • gab ehcuod

    gab ehcuod

    6 mánuðum síðan

    vid for election shenanigans when?!?!?

  • Stevie Lantalia Metke

    Stevie Lantalia Metke

    6 mánuðum síðan

    Stupid question, has the pro-forma session ever been sabotaged by a member of the other party showing up to call roll, or the single senator actually doing something meaningful instead of just doing the minimal?

  • Midnight Adventurer
    Midnight AdventurerDegi Síðan síðan

    They find ways to this but can't find ways to govern America effectively and efficiently.

  • Firaro
    Firaro2 dögum síðan

    My first thought with the pro-forma session was "since that 1 senator is the majority of the senators there then couldn't they just make laws at will?" But then i realized that the assumption is that there are 51 senators there, so they'd need 26 votes.

  • Fancy Freestyler
    Fancy Freestyler3 dögum síðan

    I am the senate!

  • Mountain Drew
    Mountain Drew4 dögum síðan

    Too bad our representatives don't uphold the Constitution and instead rule with their bias...

  • SirBar
    SirBar5 dögum síðan

    Wow that 3 day thing is completely bullshit,

  • BigotGaming
    BigotGaming5 dögum síðan

    remove random crits

  • Gary Johnson
    Gary Johnson5 dögum síðan

    Wow. The senators need to get to work bro

  • Amir J
    Amir J6 dögum síðan

    I thought of a loophole to help the president get a recess appointment. From my understanding, a senator who is of the same party as the president could go to the Senate Pro Forma sessions each time and ask for a roll call. If at least 51 senators aren't there, the senate can't be in session, forcing the senators to either be in the session or actually go on recess.

  • BWu
    BWu8 dögum síðan

    “I figure out a way to get out of work, then after getting out of work, I use the remaining day to figure out a way to get out of work” So the Supreme Court is basically George Costanza

  • Somebody insane
    Somebody insane9 dögum síðan

    me:I swear I won't get all political 3 drinks later:

  • Notre Dame Fan
    Notre Dame Fan10 dögum síðan

    6:50 Can one person of opposition party show up and ask for a role count?

  • Hugh Jones
    Hugh Jones12 dögum síðan

    Thumbs up 👍

  • Hakuraita
    Hakuraita12 dögum síðan

    America deserves to be ruled by a tyrant. All these Senate shenigans need to be stopped. It's depressing and ridiculous.

  • Jackninja5
    Jackninja514 dögum síðan

    The more videos I see on this, the more I believe America is just electing the next slave to Congress rather than electing their next leader. Not very democratic.

  • Ayden Wolfe
    Ayden Wolfe14 dögum síðan

    I have a legitimate question: For a Pro Forma session, he says that it's presumed there is a quorum present in the room, even if it's empty unless someone requests a roll call If that's the case, and the president of one specific party wants to make sure he can set recess appointments, what's to stop a senator of that presidents colour from showing up to the pro forma session and requesting a roll call? Wouldn't that mean that there would be an official record that there's no one but those two and the clerk, and therefore not enough to get anything done?

  • timothy clancy
    timothy clancy15 dögum síðan

    The supreme court has no enforcement arm. They are ment to guide, not enforce.

  • Tristan N
    Tristan N16 dögum síðan

    so can we get the video on american native reserves

  • ThaFuzzwood
    ThaFuzzwood17 dögum síðan

    And again, your stick figure animations are worth their weight (or for the sake of the argument: hard drive storage space in bits) in platinum.

  • Reed Hedin
    Reed Hedin20 dögum síðan

    I wish I could have half the year off and make a 6 figure salary

  • r00t b33r
    r00t b33r20 dögum síðan

    tl;dr: Congress is too lazy to count to 50 and we pay them millions of dollars to 1-up shenanigan game each other over a branch of government that isn't intended to be part of the shenanigan games in the first place.

  • Lukas Dreger
    Lukas Dreger23 dögum síðan

    Why doesn't one senator per party just show up and ask for a roll call everyday in order to stop this if you are on the president's side/party? Then everyone would have to show up everyday for work?

  • Kerra Holt
    Kerra Holt24 dögum síðan

    Packing the Courts, you say? Hmmm, that would never happen! Right?

  • Ace The FireDragon
    Ace The FireDragon25 dögum síðan

    When the most powerful people who have the most important jobs to do can have more holidays than kindergarten kids.

  • Patrick Combs
    Patrick Combs25 dögum síðan

    Looks like court packing is a coming.

  • h hHava
    h hHava25 dögum síðan

    Ok but like why are the countries persons, or in other words, women, i get this is just design and stuff but this made me wonder

  • Haraya Alirak

    Haraya Alirak

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Ahh it's because of the word "motherland" which is a synonym for your home country. Like how ppl will refer to their cars/boats/other inanimate objects as "she" :)

  • A- man
    A- man25 dögum síðan

    The US is just a joke at this point

  • Saipanda
    Saipanda25 dögum síðan

    I dont understand one think. I just enjoy listening to him

  • Epsilonsama
    Epsilonsama25 dögum síðan

    Fun fact, before Marbury v. Madison in 1803 it was up to congress and the president to consider if a law was unconstitutional or not and did not think lets hope the supreme court decides with us. Even after it took years and years for the modern idea of giving the Supreme Court supreme authority over what was constitutional or not. After all, nowhere in the constitution does it say who determines what is constitutional. The constitution was written with the intention that nobody would be creating laws that went against the constitution.

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes

    24 dögum síðan

    I dont think you expected somebody to see this comment, huh?

  • cobdude175
    cobdude17526 dögum síðan

    This - and multiple other reasons - are why Congress is such a joke. A bunch of old people being paid to argue about what color the sky is.

  • joseph jackson
    joseph jackson26 dögum síðan

    It’s funny how before the election I viewed this video completely differently than after the election.

  • joseph jackson
    joseph jackson26 dögum síðan

    Every time he said “shenanigans beget shenanigans” I thought the video would never end. :)

  • Tony Y
    Tony Y26 dögum síðan

    The consitution is outdated man............

  • Federico Savignano
    Federico Savignano26 dögum síðan

    Why doesn’t a pro-president senator go in the senate and ask for a roll call? You can only perform the pro-forma session if all senators approve of it.

  • Dis Boy Doe
    Dis Boy Doe27 dögum síðan

    Aww I feel bad for the supreme court temp

  • Brent Reissman
    Brent Reissman27 dögum síðan

    Just curious if there was another option when the Senate conducts its pro-forma session. If one (or two) senators, politically aligned with the president and intent on allowing a recess appointment, wanted to prevent the pro forma session, couldnt one of them just ask for a roll call in the pro-forma session, and then they would have to acknowledge the lack of quorum, and the session wouldn't be a valid session, so either a) they would need to take a recess since it would be the fourth day without session, or somehow call all of the senators back in order to establish quorum? It seems like one (or two, if seconding motions is necessary in order to call roll, im not versed in the proceedings) senator is enough to prevent the infinitely-refreshing 3 day vacation and push the senate to recess?

  • William Reynolds
    William Reynolds27 dögum síðan

    “Must confirm” or not if they just don’t feel like it.

  • Riccardo Carretta
    Riccardo Carretta27 dögum síðan

    Why am watching this? I am not american and i do not even know how MY governament works ... what the hell am I doing here?

  • Kian abolfath
    Kian abolfath28 dögum síðan

    We’re just a country of lazy people who are being led by someone who doesn’t even need to lead if the senate wasn’t so lazy and made decisions them selves creating a different government for us

  • cdcdrr
    cdcdrr28 dögum síðan

    It's almost as if letting the highest court of law in the land become a political football for legislatives and executives with an agenda is a bad thing.

  • Vayne Solidor
    Vayne Solidor29 dögum síðan

    I love watching how 'muricans pretend to be sapient and hearing about what they think law should work like ;p

  • Zenex
    ZenexMánuði síðan

    how did 1 hour passed by while watching this video

  • Shilah Lewis
    Shilah LewisMánuði síðan

    No one: Grey: villager noise whenever this (*) pops up

  • Aidan Carter
    Aidan CarterMánuði síðan

    10:14 little did we know

  • Taylor


    28 dögum síðan

    This was made almost a year into COVID, it wasn't a lucky guess.

  • Thatonekid
    ThatonekidMánuði síðan

    11:08 It's happening.... Grey, Stop making videos about pandemics and societal collapse... Make more videos about human life extension, and maybe that'll happen in a year.

  • Kidgamingfuntv


    Mánuði síðan


  • Zildawolf
    ZildawolfMánuði síðan

    3:16 hey guess what :)

  • Luke Salazar
    Luke SalazarMánuði síðan

    Also Jeffery Epstein didn't kill himself

  • Kris Childs
    Kris ChildsMánuði síðan

    11:08 that aged well

  • ChronoMasterGaming
    ChronoMasterGamingMánuði síðan

    THE GOVERNMENT DEFIES ITS OWN LAWS. Nothing new there tbh

  • Gus Cichoski
    Gus CichoskiMánuði síðan

    For the Pro Forma session, all you need is one senator to not want it and then they call for a roll call and it doesn't work.

  • Kirby’s Coming for games
    Kirby’s Coming for gamesMánuði síðan

    Founding Fathers: lmao let’s make the constitution confusing and with a lot of loopholes

  • Evy Achtereekte
    Evy AchtereekteMánuði síðan

    could you please do a 'how to become a senater? so we can learn the way to becoming a part of this proces! or a video about the senate in detail of who are there, what they do, and who does what. love your vids 🥰

  • Gerg Guy
    Gerg GuyMánuði síðan

    How can some children be running the country they are a band of Karen

  • Gerg Guy
    Gerg GuyMánuði síðan

    They don’t like the recess charges then why don’t they just go to work! Why are my taxes going to somebody that is just spending and not doing any work

  • WhatTheFridge 1o1
    WhatTheFridge 1o1Mánuði síðan

    I'm Canadian and yet Here I am

  • zach dugat
    zach dugatMánuði síðan

    Give me the details I need to get to sleep somehow.

  • MN TS
    MN TSMánuði síðan

    the government is just a mess

  • Pate1992
    Pate1992Mánuði síðan

    no wonder the usa is fucked up, nothing makes sense.

  • A Bad Minecraft Player
    A Bad Minecraft PlayerMánuði síðan

    This guy knows more about U.S. politics than me, and I'm american

  • Kaden Ling
    Kaden LingMánuði síðan

    But if a president can nominate? cant he nominate himself/herself???

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes

    24 dögum síðan


  • Sebastian Buttersnaps
    Sebastian ButtersnapsMánuði síðan

    It just occurred to me, why can't an opposition senator come to the pro forma session and ask for a roll call, thus showing that a quorum isn't present, and causing no action to be taken, causing a recess? Does the acting senator-in-charge get to adjourn the senate before a request for a roll call is delt with? Or is it simply something that isn't done to avoid causing chaos, like with the nuclear option of removing the fillibuster?

  • Chelsea Coates
    Chelsea CoatesMánuði síðan

    How do you run for president

  • DB Studios
    DB StudiosMánuði síðan

    *Shenanigans be-get Shenanigans.*

  • Vladimir Gorbachev
    Vladimir GorbachevMánuði síðan

    Imagine if the President forces Congress in a long recess say 1 year or more hahaha

  • DB Studios
    DB StudiosMánuði síðan

    Here is a fun game: Every time there is an asterisk*, ask a friend for a dollar. You'll be MrBeast rich when the video is done.

  • Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes

    24 dögum síðan

    Actually no, cause the second or third time you ask for a dollar he just wont give you any more.

  • Jimmy Song
    Jimmy SongMánuði síðan

    Senate: If I can shenani-once, I can shenan-again! President: Can you just get to work? Senate: NO House Of Representatives: What are WE doing-

  • Nick3xtreme Gaming
    Nick3xtreme GamingMánuði síðan

    Ok so the gist I get from all you're video's on the U.S government is that its a politically divided government that hardly does its job and can't agree on anything and gets nothing done. which isn't that far from the truth. Wait how did this government last 200+ years its completely inefficient!

  • Alistair Kentucky-David
    Alistair Kentucky-DavidMánuði síðan

    Can the one guy in the pro forma session win any vote he wants by disobeying his instructions and assuming the presence of a quorum?

  • Taylor


    28 dögum síðan

    There's noone there to vote aye or nay. So you couldn't get anything done.

  • PB Mack
    PB MackMánuði síðan

    So...Xiden just said he's gonna pack the court and enact Term limits..after he conducts a study.

  • Jack Guyett
    Jack GuyettMánuði síðan

    "political shenanigans" >blatant corruption

  • Bang_Bang300
    Bang_Bang300Mánuði síðan

    packing the court. mh

  • Chegg Account
    Chegg AccountMánuði síðan

    The domineering fly ostensibly land because single basically beam amid a automatic alibi. nebulous, right judge

  • Exton Jonas
    Exton JonasMánuði síðan

    This was fascinating, could a senator who is politically aligned with the president not stick around and ask to take roll?

  • CorvetteEnthusiast1256


    Mánuði síðan

    Technically, yes

  • ruike yap
    ruike yapMánuði síðan

    this is honestly an incredible video. i’ve watched many of ur videos while being fully engaged and interested & through that rly learnt a lot! also, i’ve been wanting to learn more about american politics & find those vids especially interesting so please do make more!! thank you so much☺️👍🏻

  • ND Put
    ND PutMánuði síðan

    Why is the american political system full of problems related to partisan bias while there are literally just 2 stupid polarized parties 🤦‍♂️ fkn first past the post....

  • Max
    MaxMánuði síðan

    Ha, the sass of everyone

  • ytho
    ythoMánuði síðan

    I want a bumper sticker that has the shenanigans image on it

  • Umbra
    UmbraMánuði síðan

    Shenanigans is the plural form of “Bullshit”

  • Zedbags jr
    Zedbags jrMánuði síðan

    Oh these are 100% shenanigans

  • Antoni
    AntoniMánuði síðan


  • Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes

    24 dögum síðan

    I agree.

  • Weeaboo
    WeeabooMánuði síðan

    Love how grey uses yellow and orange as the political parties instead of the two most-known colors

  • Yo Mo
    Yo MoMánuði síðan

    Blm was a shenanigan

  • Andrei Popuș
    Andrei PopușMánuði síðan

    Imagine if all of us could use those rules written in the constitution"by the people" and "for tbe people" 😂🙄

  • Voltaic Fire
    Voltaic FireMánuði síðan

    I wish just once that some random farmer from Nebraska would be appointed, to make the court a bit more grounded. Too many serving in governmental office have forgotten what life is like for normal folk.

  • Garnetta Obliviona
    Garnetta OblivionaMánuði síðan

    One more reason to be ashamed of being a US citizen I'm afraid, even our highest court procrastinates and gets surprised at the mess they make for themselves even though they knew very well the cause of it... like a school child with homework and a bad grade

  • Adam Filinovich
    Adam FilinovichMánuði síðan

    If you're curious, the threshold to confirm a justice was never actually two thirds or three fifths. Before 1917, there was no way to end debate on a measure, other than to wait for people to stop talking. So, it was effectively an endurance test for the minority. In 1917, the Senate set cloture at a two thirds vote, reduced it to three fifths in 1975, and reduced it to a simple majority for Supreme Court nominees in 2017. Even so, the talking filibuster (think Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) hasn't been a thing since 1970. As a result of constant filibustering of civil rights legislation, the Senate enacted the two-track system, which essentially allowed the Senate to consider other business while a filibuster was ongoing, with the side effect that the minority no longer had to continue speaking to block a bill.

  • Chinese Communist Party
    Chinese Communist PartyMánuði síðan

    u r cool

  • Sir Coloniser
    Sir ColoniserMánuði síðan

    The uk Supreme Court is the House of Lords And now prime ministers can put anyone in the house and there’s hundreds of them

  • shing fan chan
    shing fan chanMánuði síðan

    Inaccurate paraphrasing.

  • Baby Ghast Gaming
    Baby Ghast GamingMánuði síðan

    i dont know why this is so entertaining

  • David Jeffers
    David JeffersMánuði síðan

    Sounds like we need a constitutional amendment to limit the number of breaks they can take to get rid of the pro-forma session.

  • Volbla
    VolblaMánuði síðan

    "Legislating the government isn't full time work." Why though.

  • Andrea Iacco
    Andrea IaccoMánuði síðan

    OK. First things first: I'm Italian and didn't know anything about the US Government until a few months ago (and literally everything new I discover about it manages to make me more and more puzzled). I've got one question: could someone explain the roles of the Vice President and the President pro tempore relatively to the Senate? Like what do they have to do? Is the Vice president technically a Senator? And when is the presence of the Vice President/of the President pro Tempore required? (and relatively to one of these shenanigans: can the Vice President ask for a roll call?)

  • Nah.
    Nah.Mánuði síðan

    9:50 that sneaky little stick lol

  • Captain Yolo Waffle
    Captain Yolo WaffleMánuði síðan

    Oh so now I know why nothing gets done, it’s because they aren’t even there!

  • Gilbert Mozell
    Gilbert MozellMánuði síðan

    The warm cotton multivariably moor because flugelhorn admittedly clap amidst a elfin corn. righteous, tall plough

  • FBI
    FBIMánuði síðan

    What about me

  • Gilbert Mozell
    Gilbert MozellMánuði síðan

    The petite string ophthalmoscopically lock because learning obviously screw apropos a pink dry. lavish, ignorant legal

  • MajorBytes
    MajorBytesMánuði síðan

    Well theoretically, the president could just kill the opposite party justice

  • Gilbert Mozell
    Gilbert MozellMánuði síðan

    The elite duckling essentially suggest because trigonometry intriguinly subtract onto a responsible glove. charming, coherent feeling