Difference Between Detract and DistractDetract is to take or to draw away: “The posters along the corridors only detract your attention from the display windows.”
Distract is to draw the mind or attention away in another direction; to divert: “The soft music helped to distract Heena’s mind from her worries.”

The politician wanted to distract his constituents by sending out charming letters intended to detract their attention to his outlandish remarks to the media.