The never-ending series of trials that Amanda Knox has faced since being convicted of murder in 2007 has made her a figure of vast public interest. Now, President Donald Trump seems to have changed his mind about the American citizen accused of heinous crimes in Italy. After publicly defending Knox in the past, a profile of Trump's neighbor in New York indicates that after Knox openly campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the last election cycle, he now thinks differently on the subject.
The New York Times recently interviewed George Guido Lombardi, who was described by SF Gate as a “potential European populist political power broker.” The dialogue revealed that Trump had asked Lombardi to investigate Knox's situation while on a trip to Italy. After tweeting his support for Knox and making public statements about her innocence, Trump has since changed his tune. He now says he's “very upset” with the “ingratitude” she showed the real estate mogul turned political figure following her open advocacy for his opponent in the 2016 election.
“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,” wrote Knox in the West Seattle Herald in November of last year. “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.”
“Politics is not a tit-for-tat game,” Knox had added. “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.”
Amanda has yet to respond to the recent revelation about Trump's attitude change.
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