claim the moral high ground

claim the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to claim the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: claim, ground, high, moral
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Software giant Microsoft has reached out through cyberspace to claim the moral high ground by deciding to close its UK chatrooms.
He also did not wish to claim the moral high ground "because as a young player, I did a lot of the stupid things that youngsters do.
And it puzzles me why the same hacks claim the moral high ground every weekend before heading off to Parkhead or Ibrox themselves.
This gave Mr Browne a chance to claim the moral high ground, as he told the House: "I don't intend to be drawn into a discussion, sitting here in the comfort of these benches, and criticise the behaviour of young people doing a dangerous job.
But before Gers fans claim the moral high ground, I can also remember similar behaviour, again among a moronic minority during a minute's silence for Matt Busby.
Perhaps only history will be able to give the answers to those questions since all sides will claim the moral high ground.
Editor-in-Chief Charles Moseley said earls and barons could no longer claim the moral high ground.
No doubt Labour will claim the moral high ground and say its policy of "education, education, education" is working.
It will be difficult to claim the moral high ground from now on.
This is a contest for legitimacy and power, about whose voice can claim the moral high ground.
As a journalist who trades in such tales I am certainly making no attempt to claim the moral high ground, and the picture is finally becoming a little clearer for a few of the Falcons whose current deals are up in June.
In the end, without any practical alternatives to raising revenue, and without the ability to claim the moral high ground, the casino ballot measure amounts to no more than a statewide group trying to dictate the economic development strategies of local communities.
Set in 1955 in New York City, Julian David Stone's impressive novel follows Jonny from the writers' room of a steady network gig to a crisis of conscience when he decides to abandon his regular paycheck to claim the moral high ground against the spreading plague of McCarthyism.