claim the moral high ground

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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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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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While the EU "claims the moral high ground" for its choice not to use growth hormones in cattle production, scientific consensus has been "very clear" that it remains completely safe to eat the meat, he said.
The fact that the US claims the moral high ground when it comes to human rights and civil liberties, including press freedom, is one of the reasons why Trump's own attacks on the media have been so horrifying.
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"We are supported by the collective will of the world." President George W Bush also claims the moral high ground.