Logical Fallacy

Strawman Fallacy

Substituting a person’s actual position or argument with a distorted, exaggerated, or misrepresented version of the position of the argument.

How it is used: This move oversimplifies an opponent’s viewpoint and then attacks that hollow argument.

“So you’re saying…”

People who don’t support the proposed state minimum wage increase hate the poor.

“You’re pro-choice? So you enjoy killing babies, I see.”

“You want to reduce the defense budget? You must hate the military and don’t support our soldiers.”