GOP governor compares Dems to 'dogs': They're 'really nice' one-on-one but 'dangerous' in a pack
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South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) compared Democrats to “dogs” at an event on Monday night and urged Republican voters not to be duped by Democrats who seem “reasonable.”

“Our Democratic friends are a lot like dogs. One on one, they’re really nice, but in a pack they’re dangerous,” McMaster said before a crowd of roughly 1,250 attendees at Rep. Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanHouse conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess House passes annual intelligence bill MORE’s (R-S.C.) eighth annual Faith and Freedom BBQ, The State reported


“We got an election coming up, and everybody says, ‘Well, this is a Republican state so all the Republicans will win.’ Don’t fall into that trap,” McMaster said, according to the local newspaper.

“We’ve got to fight hard, be sure most of our Democratic opposition are pretending they’re Republicans way down deep. They won’t tell you how they vote,” McMaster continued. “They won’t tell you how they think, but I’ll tell ya they are far out to the left. They are extreme.”

He indicated House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 MORE (D-Calif.) as an example of Democratic extremism. 

“Now, they’ll come up and talk to you, and they seem so nice,” McMaster said. “They seem reasonable. But, then you remember they’re in the same league as Nancy Pelosi."

The GOP governor then reportedly went on to list Democratic figures, including 2016 presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump takes aim at media after 'hereby' ordering US businesses out of China Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe Taylor Swift says Trump is 'gaslighting the American public' MORE and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.), before likening Democrats to "dogs."

“So I tell you, we can’t let up. We got to go hard," he added. "And in South Carolina we are making progress, and it’s because we have a president ... Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE, who is one of the greatest we have ever had or ever will have.”

State Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D), who is currently running to become the state’s next lieutenant governor, responded to the governor’s remarks on Twitter. 

“Ha! [Henry McMaster] says [James Smith] and I are ‘nice’ one on one, but also make a ‘dangerous’ team! You bet we do! Ready to shake things up!” tweeted Norrell, who is running on state Rep. James Smith’s ticket to unseat McMaster.

In a poll Smith’s campaign released last Wednesday and reported by The State, McMaster is leading the South Carolina Democrat by 4 percentage points.