“We’re walking between the Capitol building and the police force…and this doesn’t feel right to me as a guy who knows a little bit about physical security,” state Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Penrose) said in a July 14 interview, recalling his own participation in the Jan. 6 rally and march to the United States Capitol, which resulted in Trump loyalists overwhelming police and storming the building.
In an hour-long radio interview with Melissa “Lisa” Hyams, vice-chair of Fremont Country Republicans, Hanks also questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election and promoted a QAnon conspiracy film, “The Deep Rig,” which makes baseless accusations of election fraud and promotes bizarre conspiracies involving hundreds of thousands of fake ballots, hacked voting machines, and CIA plots to ensure a Biden victory.
Hanks covered a lot of material in the discussion, but he started by recapping his activities on January 6, including reiterating the falsified claim that Trump supporters did not storm the Capitol, but that Antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators were behind the deadly insurrection, which he called a false flag operation.
“By the time we walked from the elipse at the White House down to the Capitol building, there were already people climbing on the scaffolding,” said Hanks. “We went right down the road, we got there ahead of 80-90% of the crowd. There’s a solid case to be made that we had people intrude on that [the rally] and that it was a bit of a false flag operation- well let’s not say ‘a bit of’ let’s say false flag.
Colorado State Rep. Ron Hanks toured the audit floor and gives this audit a thumbs up. More to come on CO! pic.twitter.com/gQxL3G1rO3
— Audit War Room (@AuditWarRoom) June 10, 2021
“When we walked from the west side of the Capitol, which facing the Lincoln Memorial back around to the east side, which would be facing the Supreme Court. There were some barriers that had been pulled open. And now we’re walking between the Capitol building and the police force, which is in the parking lot. And this doesn’t feel right to me as a guy who knows a little bit about physical security. And so I kept looking at him. I kept giving him the eye, expecting them to either divert us around or- they never did. They looked straight at us and let us walk.
Hanks concluded by championing “The Deep Rig,” an election fraud conspiracy film directed by a filmmaker whose previous works include a film suggesting that aliens were responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Hanks, who claims to have attended the film’s premiere while in Arizona assisting with the controversy ridden audit, is organizing a screening of the film in Fremont County.
CO Rep. Ron Hanks Promotes QAnon Movie, Admits to Crossing Police Barriers During Insurrectionhttps://t.co/fAdbTKOtOq
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“You know, if I might mention it, there is a movie that is being put out by a libertarian, Patrick Byrne. He is the founder and former CEO of Overstock.com. He did not vote for Trump both times, but he saw something wrong with the election. The movie is called The Deep Rig, and we watched the premiere of it down there in Arizona… It was solid. It’s a powerful movie. It starts with the six January rally down there at the Capitol in D.C. And I would encourage anybody to look for it. I think it will offer an objective evaluation of what we’re doing,” said Hanks, referring to the sham audit in Arizona.
In praising the film’s objectivity, Hanks overlooked the fact that one of its stars, a narrator 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 Joe Oltmann, founder of the far-right group FEC United, who is currently being sued for defamation by a Dominion Voting Systems employee for making unsubstantiated allegations of election rigging.
Late-night disagreement turns into threat of physical violence by Rep. Ron Hanks, witnesses say Hanks, R-Cañon City, allegedly threatened violence against House Republican leader Hugh McKean of Loveland during a late-night strategy session,witnesses said. https://t.co/QqQpOPuJhj
— Anne Sagebiel (@AnnieSage) May 25, 2021
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When radio host Hyams mentioned that the Fremont GOP was planning to show the film locally, Hanks responded that there was a problem with the film’s distribution, but that he “had calls into the producers,” presumably to work out the screening logistics. The producers are charging groups or venues $500 to stream the film to an audience.
Hanks believes an investigation into Colorado’s 2020 election is necessary “given the problems [he’s] seen.”
They’re still at it.
Rep. Ron Hanks sent out a fundraising letter Tuesday suggesting the attack at U.S. Capitol was the work Antifa and foreign powers could stop Biden's inauguration. https://t.co/NmDVzWb7b3
— Anne Sagebiel (@AnnieSage) January 20, 2021
Hanks stated that he has spoken with all but one of the county clerks in his district.
When Hyams pressed Hanks on his conversation with Fremont Clerk Justin Grantham, Hanks declined to elaborate.
I am at the Church for All Nations for today’s HD15 Town Hall on the Arizona Audit, hosted by Rep. Dave Williams (R-HD15) and Rep. Ron Hanks (R-HD60). pic.twitter.com/2VgtBzRDGw
— Heidi Beedle (@HeidiBeedle) July 17, 2021
“Most of the clerks would say and probably carry on the line of, ‘we’re fraud free, we’re the gold standard’ and so forth, and I just fundamentally disagree,” said Hanks. “And I think we’re right to have our doubts.”
Clerk Grantham commented on the show’s livestream while Hanks was still on the air, disputing Hanks’ implication that the two had discussed election security.
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Grantham, a Republican who has previously praised Colorado’s secure elections, told the Colorado Times Recorder that he had not discussed Fremont County’s election security protocols with Hanks. He stated that he supports the Colorado County Clerks Association’s proposal to make all ballot images available to the public online, as well as to allow more auditing of voter rolls, and that the Association is working with the Secretary of State’s office to determine whether such measures are feasible.
Grantham stated that he will send Hanks a letter inviting him to tour the clerk’s office and learn about the ballot tabulation process.
“I’ll invite him to take a tour and ask any questions he wants, because at the end of the day, we are the boots on the ground,” said Grantham. “We know exactly how we’re doing our job. And if you’re not going to talk to us and ask us, obviously whomever is feeding you the information is not feeding you the correct information. So I will once again ask him if he wants to be involved in the odd-year election because he won’t be on the ballot. He can absolutely be an election judge. He can come in and ask any questions he wants or be part of the situation. And maybe next year when the Republicans try to run bills, maybe they’ll actually include clerks in the discussion this time so that we can help them draft the bill correctly so it’s actually viable and can actually pass through the legislature because that’s how you change things- you go through the legislature.”
Rep Ron Hanks was at the US Capitol for the Jan 6 coup attempt by the Trump mob https://t.co/bLTqHgrjbH
— Laura Chapin (@LauraChapin) June 9, 2021
Republicans proposed several bills this session that would have made it more difficult to vote by eliminating or restricting practices such as mail ballots and early voting, which Coloradans have used safely and securely for nearly a decade.
When asked if he plans to attend any upcoming screenings of the election fraud conspiracy film, Grantham said he would probably go in order to answer questions and correct inaccuracies.
Colorado state Rep. Ron Hanks needs to resign permanently from politics for his gross comments on the 3/5th compromise. His racism is absolutely disgusting.
— J. (@Winzol) April 16, 2021
“I have a philosophy of the best way to defend yourself against misinformation is know what they’re actually talking about, said Grantham. “So I probably will end up going just to see what it says, because if it does mention something in Colorado, it’s a perfect opportunity for me 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.”