CO legislator promotes QAnon film, admits crossing police barriers during insurrection
(Lock Him Up? – Promoted by Colorado Pols)
“We walked between the Capitol building and the police force … and this doesn’t look good to me as a guy who knows a little about physical security,” said State Representative Ron Hanks (R-Penrose) in July. 14, recounting his own participation in the January 6 rally and the march to the US Capitol that led to Trump supporters overwhelming police and storming the building.
In an hour radio interview with Melissa “Lisa” Hyams, vice president of the Fremont Country Republicans, Hanks also questioned the validity of the 2020 election and promoted a Conspiracy movie QAnon, “The Deep Rig,” which makes unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and promotes savage conspiracies involving hundreds of thousands of fake ballots, hacked voting machines, and CIA plots to secure Biden’s victory.
Hanks covered a lot of ground in the discussion, but began recounting his activities on January 6, including repeating the claim discredited that Trump supporters did not storm the Capitol, but in fact, agitators from Antifa and Black Lives Matter were responsible for the deadly insurrection, calling it a false flag operation.
“By the time we walked from the ellipse at the White House to the Capitol building, there were already people climbing the scaffold,” Hanks said. “We went down the road, we got ahead of 80-90% of the crowd. There’s a strong case that you can argue that we had people meddling with it. [the rally] And that it was a bit of a false flag operation, well, let’s not say “a little bit of,” let’s say false flag. “When we walk from the west side of the Capitol, which faces the Lincoln Memorial, back to the east side, it would be in front of the Supreme Court. There were some barriers that had been opened. And now we walk between the Capitol building and the police, who are in the parking lot. And this doesn’t seem right to me as a guy who knows a little about physical security. And so I kept looking at him. I kept glaring at him, hoping they would divert us or … they never did. They looked directly at us and let us walk.
Hanks concluded by promoting a voter fraud conspiracy movie called “The Deep Rig,” directed by a man whose previous works include a movie claiming that aliens were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Hanks, who says he attended the film’s premiere while he was in Arizona helping with the bogus audit, is hosting a screening of the film in Fremont County.
“You know, if I can mention it, there is a movie being released by a libertarian, Patrick Byrne. He is the founder and former CEO of Overstock.com. He didn’t vote for Trump both times, but he saw something wrong with the election. The movie is called The Deep Rig, and we saw its premiere there in Arizona … It was solid. It is a powerful movie. It begins with the January 6 rally at the DC Capitol. And I would encourage anyone to look it up. I think it will offer an objective assessment of what we are doing, ”Hanks said, referring to the fake audit in Arizona.
Praising the film’s objectivity, Hanks forgot to mention that one of the stars, a storyteller known as “Anon,” is revealed to be Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, the firm hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to conduct the so-called “audit.”
The film also featured Colorado voter fraud conspirator Joe Oltmann, founder of the far-right group, FEC Unitedwho is currently being sued for defamation by a Dominion Voting Systems employee, for making unsubstantiated allegations of election manipulation.
After radio host Hyams mentioned that Fremont GOP was planning to show the film locally, Hanks responded that there was a problem with the film’s distribution, but said he had “called the producers”, presumably to sort out the logistics of the film. projection. The producers are charging $ 500 for groups or places to broadcast the film to an audience.
Hanks said he believes an investigation into the 2020 Colorado election is warranted, “given the problems [he’s] viewed.”
When asked about his conversations with the county clerks in his district (Fremont, Custer, Chaffee & Park), Hanks said he has spoken with all but one of them (Chafee).
Pressured by Hyams about his discussion with Fremont Secretary Justin Grantham, Hanks declined to go into details.
“Most employees would say and probably continue the line of ‘we’re fraud free, we’re the gold standard’ and so on, and I just don’t agree,” Hanks said. “And I think we are right to have our doubts.”
While Hanks was still on the air, Secretary Grantham commented on the show’s live broadcast, questioning Hanks’s implication that the two had discussed election security.
Grantham, a Republican who has previously praised Colorado’s safe elections, confirmed to the Colorado Times Recorder that he had not spoken to Hanks about Fremont County’s election security protocols. He said he supports the Colorado County Clerks Association’s proposal to make all ballot images available online to the public, in addition to allowing more audits of voter lists, and said the Association is working with the Secretary of State’s office to determine whether such measures are feasible.
Grantham said he is sending Hanks a letter inviting him to tour the clerk’s office and learn about the ballot tabulation process.
“I’ll take you on a tour and ask any questions you want, because at the end of the day, we are the boots on the ground,” Grantham said. “We know exactly how we are doing our job. And if you are not going to talk to us and ask us, obviously whoever is giving you the information is not giving you the correct information. So once again I will ask you if you want to participate in the odd-numbered year elections because you will not be on the ballot. It can absolutely be an electoral judge. You can come in and ask the questions you want or be part of the situation. And maybe next year when the Republicans try to execute bills, maybe they will include the secretaries in the discussion this time so we can help them write the bill correctly so that it is really workable and can go through the legislature. because that’s how it changes. things, you go through the legislature. “
In this latest session, Republicans proposed several bills that would have made voting difficult, by ending or restricting practices like mail-in ballots and early voting that Coloradans have used safely for nearly a decade.
When asked if he plans to attend the next screening of the voter fraud conspiracy film, Grantham said he would likely go to be able to answer questions and correct inaccuracies.
“I have a philosophy that the best way to defend against misinformation is to know what they are really talking about, Grantham said. “So I’ll probably end up going just to see what it says, because if you mention something in Colorado, it’s a perfect opportunity to set the record straight because I’m there. And then if they have questions like ‘Does this really happen in Colorado?’ I can say yes or no. “
Hanks did not return a voicemail requesting comment. This article will be updated with any responses received.