Claiming that your opponent believes something that they do not because the made up belief (the Strawman) is easier to attack than their real argument. This can happen both intentionally and accidentally. To avoid committing a Strawman Fallacy, be sure that you fully understand your opponent's argument and that you are addressing it with your statement.

A Strawman can seem similar to a Red Herring, the distinction being a Strawman changes the opponent's argument while the Red Herring changes the topic.

How to Respond

Clearly state that the Strawman that your opponent has set up is not your argument and that you do not believe it. Explain your original argument again and ask them to address it specifically.

True or False: The following is a Strawman
Person A: I don't think we should give any more money to Ukraine. Person B: You just want Putin to win.