Techniques used by Terry McAuliffe

straw man - misrepresenting an opponent's position or argument to make it easier to attack, usually by exaggerating, distorting, or just completely fabricating it. (5 uses)

misleading claim - a statement with a few elements or kernel of truth, which can easily be proven deceptive or fundamentally untrue. (4 uses)

guilt by association - using an opponent's links to another to assign the other's beliefs, misdeeds, or other unattractive qualities to the opponent. (2 uses)

FUD - making dire warnings or raising doubt about an issue, while provided little or no specifics or evidence to support the claims. (1 use)

labeling - pigeon-holing a person or group into a simple category and assigning names and/or beliefs to that category. (1 use)

post hoc - proclaiming that because something occurred after X, it was caused by X, when no causal relationship may exist at all. (1 use)

hyperbole - an extravagant statement or figure of speech used for effect, not intended to be taken literally. (1 use)

adding qualifiers - adding an extra word or phrase to a response, which makes it ultimately meaningless, but still leaves the desired impression. (1 use)

baseless claim - a statement that is presented as accepted or established fact, but is wholly undecided or unsubstantiated. (1 use)

exaggeration - stretching the truth, to make something seem more powerful or meaningful than it actually is. (1 use)

out of context - removing a passage or quote from its surrounding context in such a way as to distort its intended meaning. (1 use)

honor by association - championing public symbols that carry respect, authority, sanction, and prestige to assume the respect, authority, sanction, and prestige of those symbols. (1 use)