"Imagine if the President-elect of the United States had personally supported you during your worst crisis and most vulnerable moment. That's my reality. Trump is on the record as supporting my innocence and my family when I was on trial for a murder I didn't commit.
"And now imagine that not only do people criticize you for opposing the pro-life, pro-death penalty, creationist, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-NATO policies Trump represents, but they act as if you have no right to disagree with Trump, as if you supposedly owe Trump allegiance after benefitting from his support. That is also my reality...
"Because Trump defended me in the past, how dare I not defend him now? ... Media have simply assumed my support of Trump because of his support of me ... 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...
"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a family in the next few years, but since Tuesday, I've worried that my healthcare may be in jeopardy when Obamacare is repealed.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. I've fretted over the future of my LGBT friends. I've cried out in outrage over rumors of the immanent appointments of climate-change-denier Myron Ebell to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency and creationist Ben Carson to head of the Department of Education. Trump doesn't support the values I believe in, so I don't support him for President. Simple as that."
Knox went on to say that Trump called for the death penalty to be reinstated in New York during the Central Park Five case.
"<span>Even now, he views (the suspects) as guilty, though they were exonerated when the true perpetrator, a serial rapist, confessed to the crime," she wrote. "Why did Trump defend me and condemn them? Is it because I was an American on trial in a foreign country? Is it because I'm a white woman?"</span>
Knox said Trump's character traits prevent her from putting her trust in him and his presidency.
<span>"</span>Even if Trump means well, his schemes tend to be blunt, selfish, and short-sighted, rather than nuanced, empathetic, and thought through ... 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."
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Meredith 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.
Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were arrested a few days after Kercher's body was found.
In March 2015, Italy's highest court overturned Knox's murder conviction, as well as the conviction of Sollecito. They both have maintained their innocence.