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 Republicans add Jordan to Intel panel for impeachment probe House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe 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 PelosiGiuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union 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 ClintonDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDivided Supreme Court leans toward allowing Trump to end DACA Ilhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' Top Senate Dem: Officials timed immigration policy around 2020 election 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 faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report 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.