[Ed. – Are you not entertained? Guy Benson acknowledges this is a few weeks old now. But he makes his case, and he’s right: it’s funny, and really good to keep in mind when you see that Politifact has “fact-checked” something.]
In the course [of] researching this post about vulnerable 2018 Senate Democrats on Thursday, I was looking for a link to North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp high-fiving Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after casting an extreme vote on abortion. A Politifact analysis popped up as the top result in my web search, producing a rating of this claim — used by Republicans to criticize Heitkamp — as “false.” False? I read on, quickly discovering that their justification for this rating was comically stupid:
The footage shows Heitkamp walking into the chamber… She responds to the clerk’s roll call in the negative [i.e., casts a “no” vote – Ed.] … Heitkamp reaches her hand out to meet Schumer’s… They clasp hands, exchange a few inaudible words, and let go… The vote was about halfway through, so the hand clasp was not in reaction to a final tally. Typical high fives involve slapping of two hands in celebration. This was a very gradual meeting of awkwardly waving hands.
The piece goes on to quote Democratic spokespeople denying that the high five was related to the abortion vote. Ergo, “false!”