Amanda Knox has hit back at suggestions that she should have endorsed Donald Trump after he publicly supported her during her murder trial, saying she owes him a thank you, but not her vote.
Knox and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were accused of the murder of 21 year-old Meredith Kercher in 2007. They have since been acquitted after a lengthy battle, but Knox remains a subject of public interest, with a Netflix documentary made about her story last year.
Trump spoke out to proclaim Knox’s innocence during her trial, even calling for a “boycott of Italy”.
Last month, a friend of Trump’s told the New York Times that the President was “very upset” that Knox had publicly supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Knox has now written an op-ed for the LA Times about the comments, calling the idea that she should support Trump, despite not agreeing with his policies, “undemocratic and dangerous.”
“Donald Trump supported me during the worst crisis and most vulnerable moment in my life, defending my innocence when I was on trial in Italy for murder. He is now the president of the United States and reportedly “very upset” with me because I didn’t vote for him.
“Do I owe him my loyalty?”
She quoted a comment she received after writing columns criticising his policies: “I’m sorry I ever supported you. You have turned into a left wing lunatic. I see your experience in Italy has left you completely ungrateful to be an American. … Donald Trump stood by you, but now you turn around and indirectly attack him? You should be ashamed of yourself.”
Knox also invoked his infamous call for the Central Park Five (five black and Latino teenage boys who were accused of raping a woman in 1989 and have seen been exonerated) to receive the death penalty to paint him as a hypocrite.
“Trump recognized me as a fellow American who deserved to be assumed innocent until proven guilty,” she wrote, “but he condemned the Central Park Five as ‘other’ — guilty until proven innocent.”
She acknowledged that she owes him gratitude for his “well-intentioned” support, writing “Thank you, Mr. President.”
She finished: “But the more important question is, what do I owe my country? Civic engagement, careful consideration of issues that affect my fellow citizens, and support for policies that deserve support, even if it makes the president “very upset.”
Source: Honey Nine