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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 TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit 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 McCainJuan Williams: Obama's dire warnings about right-wing media Democrats' squabbling vindicates Biden non-campaign McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol MORE (R-Ariz.).

"That sounds like a threat," Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubEthics experts ask Senate to investigate Graham's probe of mail-in voting Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say Louisiana House candidate fundraises off opponent's tweet about wife's 'premonition' dream 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 SanfordMark SanfordLive updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night On The Money: Business world braces for blue sweep | Federal Reserve chief to outline plans for inflation, economy | Meadows 'not optimistic' about stalemate on coronavirus deal 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 FlakeProfiles in cowardice: Trump's Senate enablers McSally concedes Arizona Senate race The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare front and center; transition standoff continues MORE (R-Ariz.), Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand Cornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' MORE (R-Tenn.), Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloBottom Line Trump struggles to stay on script, frustrating GOP again Bottom line MORE and Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe magnificent moderation of Susan Collins The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare front and center; transition standoff continues Republicans who could serve in a Biden government MORE (R-Pa.), who retired last month.

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