Part of the reason it so makes me raise my hands to the sides of my head is that it appears it is said without thinking. In this case, I mean reflexive rather than thoughtless.
The other part of the reason is that it’s so obviously false. So, when I hear it, I groan at its impreciseness, if not it’s inaccuracy.
A short primer:
“No one respects women more than me”
Except when I use “locker room banter” to advocate sexual assault
“No one respects our vets more than me”
Except when I state that any of them that get captured are not heroes
“No one respects African-Americans more than me”
Except when I perpetrate a witch hunt on the first African-American President’s nationality even after he produces his birth certificate
“No one respects Latinos/Hispanics more than me”
Except when I dislike a judge’s rulings and blame his parent’s ethnic ancestry
I said short, so I won’t list the many other times this reflex has popped out doofy statements. Really, I only wish I was at the town hall debate so I could ask a question.
“I know you don’t believe in climate change, but what are your plans to help preserve our endangered natural species?”
“That’s a very good question. No one respects the Oahu Tree Snail more than me.”