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.”