GOP chairwoman: Anyone who doesn't support Trump 'will be making a mistake'

GOP chairwoman: Anyone who doesn't support Trump 'will be making a mistake'
© Greg Nash

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel warned Wednesday that those who don't embrace President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE's agenda "will be making a mistake."

McDaniel sent the stern message on Wednesday night, and was met with backlash from conservatives, liberals and members of the media.

She later sought to clarify her message in a second tweet, noting it reflected comments she made to Lou Dobbs on Fox News Business.

"Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake," McDaniel said in the initial tweet on Wednesday night.

Social media users quickly pointed out what appeared to be a threatening tone in McDaniel's tweet.

"What in the actual hell.... is this a threat Ronna?" tweeted Meghan McCain, co-host of ABC's "The View" and daughter of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Rand Paul’s Russia visit displays advancement of peace through diplomacy MORE (R-Ariz.).

"That sounds like a threat," Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubWH lawyer in charge of policing Trump officials' ethics to leave: report Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws Ex-ethics chief: Melania Trump's visit to migrant shelter a 'flim flam con job' MORE, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, replied.

"Gross," MSNBC host Chris Hayes responded.

McDaniel added context for her answer in a subsequent tweet on Thursday morning, saying it "didn't translate well" with Twitter's character limit. 

She posted a photo of her full comments to Dobbs, where she argued that Republicans should continue pushing Trump's agenda ahead of the November midterm elections.

McDaniel's tweets come one day after Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordHouse Dems to invest in South Carolina race Trump’s endorsements cement power but come with risks Trump: I ‘destroy' careers of Republicans who say bad things about me MORE (R-S.C.), who has been an outspoken critic of the president, lost his primary election.

His opponent, state Rep. Katie Arrington, labeled him a "Never Trumper" in campaign ads and secured an endorsement from the president just hours before polls closed.

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"Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA (make American great again). He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina," Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon, referencing the congressman's 2009 affair.

"I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!" he wrote.

Many of the most outspoken critics of Trump within the Republican party are leaving Congress after their current term, including Sanford, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Voters will punish Congress for ignoring duty on war and peace GOP Senate candidate truncates Trump tweet in campaign mailer MORE (R-Ariz.), Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSen. Warner to introduce amendment limiting Trump’s ability to revoke security clearances White House weighs clawing back State, foreign aid funding Rand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders MORE (R-Tenn.), Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloDems eyeing smaller magic number for House majority House GOP starts summer break on a note of friction Overnight Energy: Proposed rule would roll back endangered species protections | House passes Interior, EPA spending | House votes to disavow carbon tax MORE and Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentGOP House candidate placed on leave from longtime position after sexual misconduct allegation Election handicapper moves GOP leader's race to 'toss-up' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Pa.), who retired last month.

--This report was updated on June 14 at 10:03 a.m.