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

take, claim, seize, etc. the moral ˈhigh ground

claim that your side of an argument is morally better than your opponents’ side; argue in a way that makes your side seem morally better: Don’t you try to take the moral high ground with me! You’re just as bad as I am!
See also: ground, high, moral
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The US and European powers will sanctimoniously claim the moral high ground but they are all guilty too and still very much in the race to the bottom.
The US cannot claim the moral high ground regarding the ISIL war.
This is not a great week for Blairites like John Mann, who deliberately started that unseemly brawl with Livingstone before the cameras in order to stoke a civil war and claim the moral high ground.
It will be difficult to claim the moral high ground from now on.
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.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- One could argue that those deputies occupying the seats reserved for the political opposition in Turkey's Parliament can claim the moral high ground vis-a-vis today's corruption probe: "Out of power, so no chance of wrongdoing.
Using the floor of the State Assembly to vent his political spleen, Harshvardhan launched an aggressive offensive against both the P and the Congress, saying that neither could claim the moral high ground on the issue of promising good governance to the people of Delhi, as their alliance was bereft of both honesty and credibility.
After the web of lies that Rhona spun, Paddy could sleep with the whole village and still claim the moral high ground.
The creators of WhatsApp even claim the moral high ground by saying that they are not interested in our data, as they are against advertising in their enviable app; that is very gallant of them, indeed.
America needs to claim the moral high ground and stop -- or limit to combat situations -- our use of weaponized drones.
The F-35 purchase has now become the latest political battlefield, but in light of our nation's relatively brief history it will be difficult for any party to claim the moral high ground when it comes to arming and equipping our forces.
So, while it may claim the moral high ground by backing the American motion against Sri Lanka, it may, in the future, end up as a target of a similar process.