A term used to describe a person who attempts to discredit an opponent, especially in a political race, by spreading vicious rumors (that may or may not be true).

Its literal meaning, to sling mud, would just be to throw mud at someone. (Note: This is always a bad idea, much like mudslinging during a political campaign.)

This is a very poor election strategy, because it just shows that the candidate is unable to prove themselves worthy of the position, so they must instead make themselves look better than their opponent through whatever means possible.

When Andrew Jackson was elected 7th President of the United States, there was a great deal of this mudslinging technique used due to the fact that many opposed his Jacksonian Democracy philosophies.

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