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In formal logic, it is called tautology From RationalWiki "A tautology is a statement that, by virtue of logic and nothing more, is true. Because of this, such statements contain no useful information: "The red bicycle is red". Sometimes this can extend beyond simple logic to obvious definitional facts: "The red bicycle has two wheels". It is ...
It is a red herring. A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue. The basic idea is to "win" an argument by leading attention away from the argument and to another topic. nizkor.org
...something correct, agreeable, or even tautological A thought-terminating cliché, you mean? When a commonly heard and accepted phrase is rhetorically introduced as a substitute for an actual argument. (logfall.wordpress.com) From Wikipedia's List of Fallacies: Thought-terminating cliché – a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, ...
"I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience," Ronald Reagan to Walter Mondale, 1984.
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