You see it a lot from politicians. For example:
“I understand the House Republican leadership is in disarray, but they shouldn’t wait two weeks before holding a vote. Our troops should be a priority and I urge the House to hold a vote as soon as possible so we can get back to crafting a more responsible solution.”
What would the first part of this sentence be called? I believe the media would refer to this as a "swipe" but is there a more formal term? A couple of points I think should be considered:
- They are not trying to be directly insulting by tying the "swipe" to a message
- However, the "swipe" really has nothing to do with the message (they should vote sooner)
- The "swipe" is never flattering but its also usually not something that extremely incendiary either.
Thanks in advance.