Amanda Knox in a Los Angeles Times op-ed Thursday said even though President Donald Trump supported her release from jail in Italy for murder, she did not owe him loyalty in the presidential election.
In 2015, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the murder convictions of Knox and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in connection with the death of Knox's overseas roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007, a second time she was cleared of the crime after she was found guilty twice in the country's courts, noted Biography.com.
Now a freelance journalist, Knox responded this week to a New York Times April 14 profile of George Guido Lombardi in which Trump criticized her for supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election.
"When it came to Italy, though, Mr. Trump’s interest centered on showing the innocence of Amanda Knox, an American college student accused of murder in Perugia," stated Times writer Jason Horowitz in the profile. "Mr. Trump often spoke out and posted on Twitter in support of Ms. Knox, and asked Mr. Lombardi to look into her case during a trip to Italy. Now, Mr. Lombardi said, the president is 'very upset' with the ingratitude of Ms. Knox, who supported Hillary Clinton."
Knox wrote in her Los Angeles Times op-ed, though, that she owed Trump no such loyalty.
"Just as a person's support of me should not be based upon my politics or identity, hinging instead on the fact of my innocence, so should my politics hinge on the merits of policy, not personal loyalty," Knox wrote in the Los Angeles Times.
"In 'The Righteous Mind,' Jonathan Haidt describes loyalty as one of the moral foundations that conservatives feel more strongly than liberals. It's part of what makes morality 'a force that binds and blinds.' Loyalty can bind people together under a common cause, but it can also blind people as to whether or not their cause is just."
Knox thanked Trump for his support but added that his call to boycott Italy until she was freed "only served to amplify anti-American sentiment in the courtroom, stacking the deck against me."
Knox wrote that her father broke with the Republican Party because of what she called the "danger of Trump's worldview."
"What do I owe Trump? A thank you for his well-intentioned, if undiplomatic, support. So for the record: Thank you, Mr. President," Knox wrote.
"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,'" she continued.
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