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Traitorous Critic Fallacy

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Description: Responding to criticism by attacking a person's perceived favorability to an out-group or dislike to the in-group as the underlying reason for the criticism rather than addressing the criticism itself, and suggesting that they stay away from the issue and/or leave the in-group. This is usually done by saying something such as, "Well, if you don't like it, then get out!"

Logical Form:

Person 1 offers criticism against group 1.

Person 2 responds to the criticism by disingenuously asking them why they don't leave group 1.

Example #1:

Gertrude: I am tired of having to fill out these forms all day. Can't we find a more efficient system?

Cindy-Lou: If you're not happy with the way we do things, we can find someone who is!

Explanation: Cindy-Lou did not address the concern, but essentially threatened Gertrude to shut up or lose her job. This example might also be seen as proof by intimidation.

Example #2:

Steve: In Sweden, college is free for citizens. How come we can't do that here?

Ed: If you like Sweden so much, move there. The USA would be glad to be rid of your liberal ass!

Explanation: Besides begging the question (Steve did not say he liked Sweden), Ed refused to address the question asked and deflected with a disingenuous question on why Steve does not move to Sweden.

Exception: Repeated expressions of favoritism for the out-group and dislike of the in-group could justify a why-don't-you-join-the-out-group type of response.

Tip: Remember the old saying about the grass being greener on the other side.


This a logical fallacy frequently used on the Internet. No academic sources could be found.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 10:54:56 AM
This fallacy reminds me of Trump's recent tweet when responding to criticism passed on him by Progressive Democrat Congresswomen: ..."Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." This is euphemistic for the old racist slur 'Go Back From Where You Came From'.

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