Cicero's Rhetoric Part II: Responding to your opponent
1. Reframe disagreement as hatred
My first DALL-E 2 Comic
Blame your opponent for what they blaming you for.
3. Divert and Distract
Take attention away from the argument by saying something outrageous
Paralipsis is a figure of speech in which the speaker emphasizes a point by deliberately saying something else.
I would never say that my opponent has an offshore account. I would never say that he has struggled with alcholism. I will leave out the misinformation he has spread. I will overlook his adulterous affairs.
Third-party testimonials of hypothetical people
Everyone knows that.
Most people say.
Some people have said
The walls themselves have witnessed his ghastly behavior.
Make a joke out of what people are saying instead of responding to it
7. Props and Visual Aids
Use props and visual aids to mock and caricaturize your opponent