• Amanda Knox writes column against Trump despite his support when she was in prison

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    Amanda Knox published a column about her opposition to President-elect Donald Trump despite his support for the West-Seattle native when she spent nearly four years in an Italian prison following a highly-publicized murder conviction.

    Trump called out to citizens and government officials in 2011 to boycott Italy in the wake of Knox’s arrests. Secretary of State at that time was none other than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

    On Tuesday, Knox published her piece called "Amanda stands with Trump” in the West Seattle Herald, a publication she’s been contributing to quietly since returning to Western Washington.

    Here are some excerpts:

    >> Read the full piece here. 

    In 2011 the U.S. president invited people to boycott Italy.” This Italian newspaper, Corriera della Sera, not only completely made up that quote—I never said words even remotely similar—they also completely overlooked the fact that I’ve been plenty vocal about my support for Hillary and my opposition to Trump, and have been plenty criticized for it.

    Politics is not a tit-for-tat game. It’s not: I helped you, now you help me. As my friend Gavin puts it, only in Banana Republics do rich political leaders dole out favors in exchange for your silence and your vote. Tit-for-tat politics are a threat to Democracy, and it troubles me that some Trump supporters subscribe to that policy.

    Trump’s politics concern me in a very personal way. Chris and I want to start a family in the next few years, but since Tuesday, I’ve worried that my healthcare may be in jeopardy when Obamacare is repealed. I’ve worried that Pence’s history of invasive, obstructive, and misinformed policies about women’s reproductive health will affect my options should something go wrong with a pregnancy.

    In a time when my entire family had already tapped into their retirement savings and taken out second mortgages, we were grateful when any supporters, including Trump, donated to my defense and spoke out about my innocence. And like some of my supporters, Trump had his own ideas and his own way; he called for the U.S. to sanction Italy until they released me—a pronouncement which only amplified anti-American sentiment towards me in the courtroom. Even if Trump means well, his schemes tend to be blunt, selfish, and short-sighted, rather than nuanced, empathetic, and thought through. Back then, when the stakes were highest, my family and I couldn’t afford to be so reckless. Now, at this crucial political juncture, the U.S. has decided to take the Trump chance, and I think our choice is just as blunt, selfish, and short-sighted as Trump himself.

    KIRO 7 News reported in March that Italy's highest court overturned Knox's murder conviction, as well as the conviction of her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.

    In her closing arguments, Attorney Giulia Bongiorno said Knox's original statement to police — which was never entered as evidence and was later changed — exonerated her client.
     

    Knox, who along with Kercher had been studying in the university town of Perugia, had initially accused a Congolese bar owner of the murder. She also told investigators that she was home the night that Kercher was killed and had to cover her ears to drown out her screams.

    Bongiorno said she believed Knox's statement was coerced — but that even if the high court chooses to consider it, Sollecito figures nowhere in her story.

    "My heart is crying because I think she was pressured by an intermediary," Bongiorno said, apparently referring to the person who served as Knox's unofficial translator during police questioning. But within that statement, Bongiorno added, Knox "rules out Sollecito."

    >> Related: Italy's highest court overturns Amanda Knox murder conviction

    Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Britain, was found dead Nov. 2, 2007, in the apartment that she shared with Knox and two other students. Her throat was slashed and she had been sexually assaulted.

    Knox and Sollecito were arrested a few days later. They both have maintained their innocence.

    Initially Sollecito said he was working on his computer all night, and that he couldn't remember if Knox had stayed the whole night with him. Police said there was no sign he used the computer that night.

    The couple later said they had spent the evening together at Sollecito's place watching a movie, smoking marijuana and making love.

    Knox said her initial statement was forced under duress during late-night questioning by Italian police without a lawyer present and in a language she barely spoke. Her false accusation against Diya "Patrick" Lumumba, who owned the bar where Knox occasionally worked, resulted in a slander conviction against Knox that has been upheld on appeal.

     

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