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 Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week 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 McCainTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril McCain calls on Trump to rescind family separation policy: It's 'an affront to the decency of the American people' Senate passes 6B defense bill MORE (R-Ariz.).

"That sounds like a threat," Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies DHS secretary defends Trump administration's migrant policies Ex-Obama ethics chief: ‘Pruitt just seems to be fundamentally unfit for public service’ 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 SanfordMark Sanford’s troubles did not begin with Trump Ex-GOP lawmaker: Every Republican privately admits Trump lies all the time but is afraid to say it publicly The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix 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 FlakeSenate chaplain offers prayer 'as children are being separated from their parents' Romney backs Laura Bush on border: 'We need a more compassionate answer' Mark Sanford’s troubles did not begin with Trump MORE (R-Ariz.), Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate chaplain offers prayer 'as children are being separated from their parents' Senate passes 6B defense bill This week: House GOP caught in immigration limbo MORE (R-Tenn.), Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloGOP chairwoman: Anyone who doesn't support Trump 'will be making a mistake' GOP immigration compromise faces more hurdles in House Trump tightens grip on GOP MORE and Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentGOP chairwoman: Anyone who doesn't support Trump 'will be making a mistake' GOP will vote on immigration next week, sinking discharge petition Ex-GOP lawmakers call on Republicans to speak out against Trump MORE (R-Pa.), who retired last month.

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