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Ultra-wealthy Sequoia Capitol partner and former Democrat donor Shaun Maguire announced his $300,000 donation to former President Donald Trump’s campaign Thursday evening following the announcement of Trump’s conviction.

Maguire took to Twitter with a post and article about his public decision to pledge the large amount to Trump, explaining why he is “prepared to lose friends” over the choice.

“Now, in 2024, I believe this is one of the most important elections of my lifetime, and I’m supporting Trump. I know that I’ll lose friends for this. Some will refuse to do business with me. The media will probably demonize me, as they have so many others before me. But despite this, I still believe it’s the right thing to do,” Maguire wrote in the article. “I refuse to live in a society where people are afraid to speak.”

Maguire revealed that during the 2016 elections he “was scared out of my mind about Trump,” ultimately deciding to donate to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

By August 16, 2021, Maguire made the decision t “never” support President Joe Biden or “any of the senior officials in his administration” due to Biden’s infamous withdrawal from Afghanistan. Maguire said he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 while working for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

“I used to fly out of KAIA at least weekly, usually taking a Blackhawk to Bagram Airfield (BAF), but sometimes jumping on a C-130 down to Kandahar (KAF). I’m not going to go into all of the details here, but this was personal for me — as it was for anyone that served in Afghanistan,” Maguire stated.

Maguire went on to identify his reasons for supporting the Republican ticket this November, including issues such as Israel, border security and technology advancement — key topics for voters across the U.S.

He noted that while he may not agree with everything Trump stands for, his vocal support is in part due to his belief that “our justice system is being weaponized against him.”

“There’s no greater country in the world than America. But America has had a bad decade. America is blessed with a robust constitution, abundant natural resources and diverse people. The way out from here is by focusing on our strengths, which are liberalism and hard work. We need to start building again. Best of luck to President Trump,” Maguire stated.

Trump was convicted on all 34 felony counts Thursday brought forward by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg who alleged Trump falsified business records in connection to 2016 election interference. After two days of deliberations, the panel of 12 jurors revealed the decided verdict, with Republicans and many legal experts calling out the ruling.

Trump is scheduled to appear for his sentencing on July 11th, notably just four days before the Republican National Convention is set.

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