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 DuncanThe 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution House passes anti-hate measure amid Dem tensions House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference 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 ClintonDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president How to end the Electoral College and elect our next president by popular vote CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary MORE and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar 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 TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated 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.