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 DuncanBipartisan group of lawmakers offer bill to provide certainty following online sales tax ruling Conservatives blame McCarthy for Twitter getting before favorable committee GOP governor compares Dems to 'dogs': They're 'really nice' one-on-one but 'dangerous' in a pack MORE’s (R-S.C.) eighth annual Faith and Freedom BBQ, The State reported

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“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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Pelosi calls on Ryan to bring long-term Violence Against Women Act to floor 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 ClintonHillary Clinton: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could be done quickly Hillary Clinton urges Americans to 'check and reject' Trump's 'authoritarian tendencies' by voting in midterms EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency MORE and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Dems push to delay Kavanaugh vote for investigation Democrats should end their hypocrisy when it comes to Kavanaugh and the judiciary Celebrities back both Cuomo and Nixon as New Yorkers head to primary vote 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 TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' 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.