Governor Henry McMaster said Wednesday a metaphor he used Monday night comparing Democrats and dogs was meant as a joke.
“When you go to political events, there’s a lot of joking going on,” he told reporters two days after making the comparison at Republican fundraiser in Anderson. “That’s a great, great joke. I’m just wondering who’s offended: the Democrats or the dogs?”
At U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s annual Faith and Freedom Fundraiser barbecue, McMaster said Democrats are like dogs because “one-on-one, they’re real nice but in a pack they’re dangerous.”
His Democratic opponent State Rep. James Smith, D-Columbia, did not publicly respond to the comment. But other Democrats did. “This is exactly the kind of divisive language that has led to the current toxic state of our politics. We deserve better from our leaders,” tweeted congressional candidate Mary Geren.
State Rep. Russell Ott, D-St. Matthews, said real leaders speak words to “unite, not divide.”
“This is exactly the kind of divisive language that has led to the current toxic state of our politics.” Ott said. “We deserve better from our leaders.”
While clarifying to reporters on Wednesday, McMaster insisted, “When we let humor go out of our lives, we’re missing something.”