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

The Hill logo The Hill 6/14/2018 Brett Samuels

a woman holding a sign © Provided by The Hill Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel warned Wednesday that those who don't embrace President Trump's agenda "will be making a mistake."

"Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake," McDaniel tweeted 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 McCain (R-Ariz.).

"That sounds like a threat," Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, replied.

"Gross," MSNBC host Chris Hayes responded.

McDaniel's tweet comes one day after Rep. Mark Sanford (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.

"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 Flake (R-Ariz.), Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Rep. Ryan Costello and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who retired last month.

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