I don’t know why the driver did what he did. Some have suggested that he was being menaced by some people in the crowd as he was driving by. The available video evidence doesn’t show what happened concerning the vehicle prior to it speeding into the crowd.
On no uncertain terms, however, does anything that happened leading up to the incident justify the what the video evidence that I did see shows. Yes, there were some people in the crowd armed with sticks and bats and possibly other things. But there were many more unarmed, carrying flags or simply chanting who were also run down in this indiscriminate act.
I don’t see why this should have larger meaning to me or conservatives or anyone even slightly sympathetic toward the protest who are rational and do not condone political violence, beyond grief for the innocent people who were killed or injured during the totality of the protest event. People on either side of the divide who somehow feel justified in hurting others for what they believe are not my consorts, my friends, nor people I feel any affection toward or affinity with. They are not my fellow countrymen.
It’s true that there is a lot of injustice in our world, and yes, this event is something that the unscrupulous political elements of our society will try to use to quell dissent. We cannot combat that by attempting to rationalize what the driver of that car did. We should express our heartfelt grief for all of the innocent victims from the protest and resist their attempts to paint us all with the same broad brush by banding together speaking loud and clear in one voice that what happened at the protest has nothing to do with us.