And yet, in this case, the thing we are talking about does not walk like a duck or quack like a duck. It's the complete opposite of a duck. Whatever that is.
No, it's definitely a duck. It has all the attributes of being a duck and anyone viewing it objectively knows it's a duck.
It just doesn't want to be considered a duck because that wouldn't fit its agenda. It wants to be some kind of super duck where the rules that apply to ducks don't apply to it. That's why it is in denial and refuses to be considered a duck.