Gretchen Whitmer: poisoning the well

  Article: Whitmer vs. Dixon Final Debate
  Published: November 05, 2022

poisoning the wellsee definition - discrediting your opponent to an audience in advance, in order to encourage dismissing any future claims or accusations they may make against you.
: Whitmer preemptively dismisses anything her opponent says as being "wild-eyed" and untrue.