FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) – Gabrielle Hanson’s complaint about some minor voting issues Tuesday morning raises the question of whether a crazy election season in Franklin really ends when the votes are counted.
That is not at all clear, judging by the mayoral candidate’s own words.
“This is a global agenda. They’ve been doing soft conditioning on city staff,” Hanson said Sunday night, echoing a long list of conspiracy theories on the far-right podcast the Patriot Punkcast.
“We already have smart technology that tracks you in your cars and on your cell phones. That’s why you need a Faraday bag.”
On Tuesday morning, Hanson raised concerns about ballots potentially not correctly recording voters’ choices, a claim election officials immediately denied.
In fact, she was already hinting at that topic during the Patriot Punkcast interview.
“Knowing what I experienced in ’21 with an election result that became known as the Tennessee Error, I have no more confidence in these machines than in Dominion in the elections of ’21, where more than half of them failed and we ended up conducting a recount manual the next day,” Hanson said.
The so-called Tennessee Bug refers to a problem with a vote tabulator that was actually detected by Williamson County election officials.
The county now has new Election Systems & Software (ES&S) machines, but even support for that system among local conservatives is seen as a potential conspiracy.
One of the podcasters asked Hanson: “It sounds like this is the same group of conservatives who support Ken Moore. Is that the same impression you have or am I in left field?”
“It is,” he agreed.
Answering to NewsCanal 5 Investiga’ Reporting on critics who see Christian nationalism in Hanson’s unorthodox campaign, the mayoral candidate posted a video Tuesday of a self-proclaimed “apostle.” who called the report an “objective article.”
He then argued that Hanson really seemed to be on God’s side.
“Have they labeled this whole political hit as ‘political or spiritual warfare?’ “It’s all spiritual warfare,” said Greg Hood.
“Let me put it this way: God is not a politician, but God is very interested in government because He is a king.”
As for criticism from people like Kevin Riggs, Hood played a clip of Franklin’s pastor.
“These conservative groups, these Christian nationalism, they’re watching what’s happening here because if they can do it here, there’s now a roadmap for their own communities to do the same thing.”
Hood cut the video.
“I want to stop there. I believe that with all my heart.”
And that is one of the unknowns. To what extent have these religious issues, such as Hanson’s opposition to Pride Fest, been a determining factor? And what is the share of churches that believe there should be more blending of church and religion?