A recent New York Times profile of a friend and neighbor of President Donald Trump turned up an interesting nugget of insight into psyche of the real estate mogul-turned-leader of the free world. According to the friend, Trump was “very upset” that Amanda Knox was not of a supporter of his during the campaign and instead backed Hillary Clinton. Well, as one might suspect, that news made its way back to Knox and, in an Op-Ed published by The Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Knox issued a thoughtful response.
There is some history between the two: After Knox had been convicted of murder in Italy, Trump wrote on Twitter in support of her, arguing she was innocent, and went so far to have his friend, who is influential in Italy, look into the case. Naturally, Trump, a man who treasures loyalty above most other characteristics, expected Knox to return the favor. She didn’t. In fact, Knox, who in recent years has launched a budding career as a columnist and is the author of the memoir Waiting to be Heard, did the opposite. She criticized his policies and threw her support behind Clinton.
“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?” Knox wonders in the piece.
Then, she goes on to explore the dangers of blind loyalty and the problem of loyalty being “taken too far,” which she argues is why she was wrongly convicted of murder in the first place. “I discovered just how blinding loyalty could be when, in December 2009, an Italian court convicted me of a murder I didn’t commit. That judgment rested heavily on the court’s bias in favor of the prosecution, which represented the Italian people and the Italian state, over the defense, which represented a foreigner,” she writes. “This is loyalty taken too far. And it calls to mind the party-over-policy approach that currently plagues our own politics.”
Of course, that’s only half of what she’s grappled with in the face of not supporting Trump, and she goes to draw parallels between her case and another high-profile criminal case Trump once took a great interest in. She finishes her piece by answering the question: “What do I owe Trump?”
Read the full Op-Ed at The Los Angeles Times.