Lightning rod—避雷針,眾矢之的 one that is a frequent target of criticism or focus of controversy

Example: The senator has become a lightning rod for criticism.










Huma Abedin


(Wall Street Journal, 2016/9/28)

Hillary Clinton’s Key Aide Huma Abedin Is a Lightning Rod for Attacks


Huma Abedin, Clinton’s longest-serving aide, has received an unusual amount of public attention for a behind-the-scenes staffer. 阿貝丁作為在幕後工作並且追隨柯林頓最久的幕僚,這段時間罕見地廣受注意。








Michael Flynn


(CNBC, 2017/2/14)

National security adviser Michael Flynn abruptly resigned late Monday after acknowledging “he had become a lightning rod” over his dealings with Russia.

Flynn’s departure comes after he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other senior White House officials about information he shared with the Russian ambassador to the United States.







(New York Times, 2016/6/6)

Uber has been a lightning rod because of its aggressive chief executive, Travis Kalanick, who has flouted rules and regulations to turn the company into a nearly $70 billion behemoth.



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