Description: Substituting a person’s actual position or argument with a distorted, exaggerated, or misrepresented version of the position of the argument.
Person A “ I supported Trump because he was against everything that Clinton stands for”
Person B “I didn’t know you were against equal rights for women and minorities, you are clearly not a progressive person”
Seems quite ridiculous when you see it written down. The supporter did not have a chance to explain his position before it was manipulated to favor the other person’s perspective. This Fallacy is called the Strawman because the standpoint of this argument has a strong and aggressive front but nothing to reinforce its claim.
Let’s Play Your Game
Person A “ I voted for Hillary Clinton because she has women rights as one of her top priorities”
Person B “ Exactly why she is a horrible choice, all she cares about is helping women while the rest of us are also suffering.”
Hillary Clinton supported equal rights for everyone. A large part of her platform was based on providing equal rights for women, which is necessary, but the person taking part of the conversation created a misrepresented version of the argument to make it seem like she was a bad candidate. Again, a strong front but nothing to reinforce the standpoint.
Imagine a scarecrow, scary and intimidating at first, at a second glance, you realize it’s nothing. Stop creating arguments with nothing to reinforce yourself with. Allow the other person to elaborate on their perspective, it will give you a deeper understanding that will give you enough information to have an efficient debate.