Considering for a moment that your take is accurate, don't you think proportionality would make that a narrative more amenable to consideration?
They may have criticized you but not within the same ballpark of vitriol, I think escalating it that way will make most people see you as the agressor, understatement might have been a better tool than overstatement IMO. I don't think we should expect not to be criticized, but do think we should expect to not be verbally abused as the means for criticism.
Anyway, just my two cents, I know my history with you is such that criticism is likely to be interpreted as an attack as well, and this really isn't what I am intending. Just wish you'd consider less vexatious retorts.