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 want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Bipartisan group of lawmakers offer bill to provide certainty following online sales tax ruling Conservatives blame McCarthy for Twitter getting before favorable committee 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 PelosiOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions 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 ClintonTexas man indicted over allegations he created fraudulent campaign PACs FISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased Pompeo’s Cairo speech more ‘back to the future’ than break with past MORE and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCardi B expresses solidarity with federal workers not getting paid Government shutdown impasse is a leveraging crisis Overnight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions 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 TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles 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.