Twitter was trending this morning with a story that a man in Iowa ran over a bunch of abortion rights protesters with intent to kill them.
That comes from a thread from a Blue Check writer:
A man in a truck just ran down two peaceful protesters at the pro-abortion rally in Cedar Rapids
— Lyz Lenz (@lyzl) June 25, 2022
Lyz Lenz is reporting that the man moved over a lane of traffic to run over women in a crosswalk.
*Side note: In common English, Lyz is not pronounced “Liz” as in short for Elizabeth, but “lies.” This feels like a villain from a children’s book where the lying reporter’s name is actually “lies.”
The intrepid Andy Ngo also posted longer video from the altercation:
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) June 25, 2022
Several things to note:
If the driver’s intention was to murder protesters with his truck, why did he drive slowly through them and only speed up when nobody was in front of him?
If the protesters were really innocent women who feared being run over by a man in a truck, why did they stand in front of his truck pushing on it? Did they expect to stop a 6,000 lbs, 450 HP truck driven by a man with murder in his heart?
Why were other protesters yelling at the women “get out of the way, stop doing this?”
Now we have video from an interview with one of those women from CBS2 Iowa.
Here's the woman who said the truck ran over her foot at protests today in Cedar Rapids. She says the driver "charged into the crowd" and she went over to try and stop the truck.
— Iowa's News Now (@iowasnewsnow) June 25, 2022
Why did she jump in to try and stop the truck?
Consider the Nice truck attack or the Waukesha Christmas parade attack, there is no video of people jumping out in front of those vehicles to stay and stop them with their bodies.
People did their best to get out of the way and not be run over.
Why is it that whenever we see this situations described as “driver runs over protesters” do we we crowds of protesters surrounding the vehicle, pushing on it, and trying to block it?
We don’t have the full video, but from past incidents, I’m inclined to believe he was mobbed first and decided to drive on through.
I really hope for his sake that he has cell phone video from his perspective.
I think that’s important to consider now. If you are in an area where you get caught in a protest, start recording video. If you need to hit the gas to save yourself, make sure you have exonerating video evidence.
To address the philosophical question, I believe that the actions of the protesters demonstrate that they are spoiled children who were never disciplined and understand the violence switch theory and take advantage of it.
It’s clear that these grown up children threw temper tantrums and were not punished for it. As protesters they expect that they can block traffic and beat on cars and the divers will sit passively and take it.
They assume that a driver of the opposite political side will not fight back. They assume that we will absorb the low level violence done to us but not flip the switch ourselves and run them over. They become shocked when we do.
From what I see here, admittedly colored by my prejudice from watching other car vs protester videos from the Summer of Love™, is that the driver ran through a bunch of angry protesters who started shit with him.