Wikipedia #FAIL for Ron Hanks

Pretty much anybody can make Wikipedia edits, though not with a pen.

State Representative Ron Hanks (R-Cañon City) is a busy guy. In his day job as a state lawmaker, Hanks spends a lot of time trying to get legislation to be discussed (with no hope of passage) that would fix all of the 2020 election fraud that never happened in Colorado. Hanks is a true believer in the “Big Lie,” having attended the Jan. 6 insurrection and repeatedly stated that it is his belief that Donald Trump actually won the 2020 Presidential election.

When he’s not on the clock at the State Capitol, Hanks is running a campaign for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, speaking to Republicans who consider his election conspiracy ideas to be much more palatable. Hanks feeds red meat to a hungry right-wing base and generally gets plenty of applause for doing so.

Hanks is focused on getting enough Republican support to get his name on the June Primary ballot. Someone in his orbit is also trying to convince the world that his “Big Lie” beliefs are worth serious consideration by the rest of the non-right-wing universe. Recently, someone who might be Ron Hanks or might just be a big fan of Ron Hanks (we know where we’d place our bet) tried to make some fairly silly changes to Hanks’s Wikipedia page. For example:

At around 7:15 pm on Feb. 8, a Wikipedia user tried to make a few changes to Hanks’s page. One edit changed “Hanks has questioned the results of the election and promoted false claims of election fraud” to “Hanks has questioned the results of the election and promoted credible claims of election fraud.” [CLICK HERE to see the comparison of edits on Wikipedia].

Another edit changed “since Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump…” to “since Joe Biden cheated Donald Trump…” That same paragraph was also edited to say that “MyPillow Guy” Mike Lindell’s election conspiracy theories were “credible.”

Just before midnight on Feb. 8, a few more changes were attempted in order to, er, clarify Hanks’s presence in Washington D.C. on insurrection day.

One edit changed a section stating that “Hanks participated in the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol and that ‘people had already entered the building’ by the time he arrived at a designated meeting area.” The attempted changes sought to read, “Hanks attended the January 6, 2021, rally at the ellipse, by the time he arrived at the Capitol he said that “people had already entered the building.” [CLICK HERE to see the comparison of edits on Wikipedia]

[Side note: This explanation is similar to how Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen and his wife, Dede Laugesen, explain their appearances at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.]

In that same edit, someone also removed the word “conspiracy” from the sentence, “in a fundraising newsletter, Hanks continued to promote conspiracy theories regarding the certification of the 2020 election.”

Alas, all of these edits were rejected on Feb. 10 by a more senior Wikipedia user who labeled them “unconstructive.”

All of this information is publicly-available on Wikipedia. If you were so inclined, you could also use publicly-available websites to see where the IP addresses of each proposed change originated. If you went down that road, you might find that some of the edits were made from an IP address in the Cañon City area.

This might seem to be a strange use of time to most people, but it does prove once again that Ron Hanks is absolutely, positively dedicated to promoting the “Big Lie” far and wide.

In Colorado — in 2022 — that dedication just might be enough to win Hanks the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Sparky says:

    Exactly the kind of petty nonsense of a true Trumpist, always obsessed with anything that happens online no matter how little it matters. These people have Internet brain poisoning.

  2. davebarnes says:

    You cannot fuck with senior Wikipedia editors.

  3. kwtree says:

    It’s pretty hilarious that Loren is so concerned with his own place in history, considering how had he gaslights the publuc and tries to rewrite the Trump era.

  4. Negev says:

    Looks like this dude Hanks is suing  Jena Griswold for a full forensic audit….

  5. Negev says:

    This "big lie" thing is getting out of hand….

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