Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 14, 2018
Ronna McDaniel‘s Wednesday night tweet about “complacency” sent a collective chill down the media’s spine.
The RNC chairwoman said that anybody who doesn’t get on the MAGA bandwagon “will be making a mistake,” a choice of phrase which sparked confusion, anger, and plenty of scorn.
At a time in which the GOP is divided amongst itself as to whether to continue to support President Donald Trump unflinchingly or look to more moderate leadership for guidance and hope for the future, McDaniel’s words rang like an eldritch bell chime – or simply a clumsy attempt at a threat:
I just don’t even have the words to respond to this tweet. https://t.co/notekOFLhp
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) June 14, 2018
You can’t say you weren’t warned https://t.co/Qry8VZXpIw
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 14, 2018
Evergreen sad tweet. https://t.co/qZhpPVY1Tu
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) June 14, 2018
Will the RNC be offering an official Trump brand so everyone can sear His name on their bodies as a sign of loyalty?
Asking for a friend. https://t.co/pSU75thK9b
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 14, 2018
Some say McDaniel is talking about GOP candidates like Sanford…and not Americans generally…but that doesn’t matter. This language is troubling…and its even more troubling without context. https://t.co/fqfD3HrWrC
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 14, 2018
WTF. Are you threatening us??? https://t.co/wlf21dMJVw
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) June 14, 2018
How dare anyone say this is a cult? https://t.co/F5xGUpayIW
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) June 14, 2018
her name in the history books will not be what she’s hoping for. https://t.co/AFXNBn8C5F
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) June 14, 2018
Throw me into a fucking gulag, queen.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) June 14, 2018
What in the actual hell…. is this a threat Ronna? https://t.co/HFz5zltzxK
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 14, 2018
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