Kind of reminds me of Nixon’s infamous “I am not a crook” line. Via Politico:
“When I read this yesterday, I thought, no one likes to be called a villain,” Reid said, reading aloud definitions of the word that mean “uncouth,” “scoundrel” or “criminal.” “I am not a criminal. I am not a scoundrel. So they better get a different definition of me.”
If you find it necessary to deny you’re a criminal, odds are you probably are one.