GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson officially endorsed his party’s presumptive presidential nominee on Friday morning, writing in a Washington Post op-ed that Donald Trump “exemplifies the American spirit of determination, commitment to cause and business stewardship.”

{mosads}The Las Vegas casino magnate, one of the nation’s most prominent conservative donors, had previously voiced support for Trump, but in his opinion piece he “strongly encourage[d]” those still on the fence about the divisive billionaire to do likewise.

“The alternative to Trump being sworn in as the nation’s 45th president is frightening,” Adelson wrote, adding, “Republicans have fought tooth and nail against President Obama” and his agenda.

“We gained some victories, but on too many issues Obama achieved his goals, if not necessarily America’s goals. As Republicans, we know that getting a person in the White House with an ‘R’ behind his name is the only way things will get better.”

Adelson indicated last week that he’d back Trump in the general election, and he asked Friday for Republicans “who provide important financial backing” to look beyond Trump’s lack of time in elected office.

“He is a candidate with actual CEO experience, shaped and molded by the commitment and risk of his own money rather than the public’s,” he said.

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