The ongoing scrutiny by local media continues of 710 KNUS producer Kirk Widlund, who remains in his job almost two weeks after an expose by the Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists of a not-so-hidden social media profile on the Russian VK network attributed to Widlund that, if authentic as a growing body of evidence suggests, pegs Widlund as an overt and unapologetic neo-Nazi who idolizes Adolf Hitler and believes America was on the wrong side of World War II. Widlund has denied that the VK social media profile in question belongs to him, but each look at the voluminous archive provided by Colorado Springs Antifa turns up more damning corroboration between posts to VK and Widlund’s in-real-life statements as well as local news events.
Today, Westword’s Conor McCormick-Cavanagh identifies yet another one:
…[A] review by Westword of one of the VK accounts linked to the Widlund profile corroborates that some of the posts included in the antifa blog were authentic.
The Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists blog post included screenshots of the LinkedIn profiles of both Widlund and a man named Lucas Martin. They were employed by King Soopers around the same time and also attended the Colorado Media School during the same period, according to the screenshots…
Martin’s account also provides evidence that the Kirk Widlund on VK lives in the Denver metro area.
“I encourage every single one of you to get out publicly and stand against degeneracy. Playing larper on the internet only does so much. Get out there and give jews a hard time. Let them know we’re not just going to sit on our hands,” Martin wrote on his VK profile on July 8.
The Kirk Widlund of VK commented, “Would be a shame if we crashed a drag queen story time event.” [Pols emphasis]
That’s a clear reference to a monthly all-ages drag show hosted by Mile High Comics in Denver which has been the scene of ugly protests by conservative activists, including the very same Lucas Martin discovered interacting with the “Kirk Widlund” profile on VK. Westword reports that Martin is a “regular” at these protests, and mentions the possibility of carpooling with Widlund to the next one.
With each corroborating piece of evidence that clearly shows the Kirk Widlund on VK discussing contemporaneous news events and incidents also described by Widlund’s known social media accounts on other platforms, it becomes harder to believe that this, as Widlund insists, is some kind of elaborate hoax. There’s just too much detail, including information that Colorado Springs Antifa would not be able to fake with such precision–and even if they could, they would almost certainly have found a higher-value target to expend the effort required. It’s worth noting, as Westword reports separately today, that the group’s last exposed racist, Air Force Sergeant Cory Reeves, is now facing expulsion from the service as a result of their work.
It’s time to ask the question: is polite society in Denver really going to allow Nazis on the radio to be our new normal? How can “mainstream” Republicans like Cory Gardner and Ken Buck ever appear on KNUS again?
Not so long ago, it would not even have been a question. That it is in this case is…remarkable.