There's a word I remember looking up but can't remember. Something like:
When someone says something that's insulting but when you call them out on it, they pretend they don't know what was said was insulting. Instead, they argue that they meant it in a different context when they really didn't.
A: "Wow he's smart"
B: "What do you mean he's smart?"
A: "What? I meant they're very intelligent."