make (one) the scapegoat (for something)

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make (one) the scapegoat (for something)

To wrongly attribute all of the blame for some negative situation or outcome to one particular person, whether or not they deserve some (or any) of the blame at all. Once it was discovered that I played a part in developing the company's scheme that robbed millions of people of their pensions, the mainstream media made me the scapegoat for the whole thing. Instead of trying to make someone the scapegoat for this problem, why don't you spend that energy trying to come up with a solution?
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Since I am solely to blame for the loss of the money, I cannot be made the scapegoat for the loss of the money (although if there are people who mistakenly believe that others are to blame, they may mistakenly believe they are making me the scapegoat).