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‘Mumford & Sons’ Guitarist Steps Away From Band For Promoting Book From Conservative Reporter

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Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons performs onstage during the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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“Mumford & Sons” banjo player and lead guitarist announced Tuesday that he will be stepping away from the band and offered an apology after he faced backlash for a now-deleted tweet promoting a book from reporter Andy Ngo.

“I have offended not only a lot of people I don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry,” Winston Marshall posted in a tweet, adding, “As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots.”

Marshall praised Ngo over the weekend on the publication of his book “Unmasked,” which offers a look “inside ANTIFA’s radical plan to destroy democracy.”

“Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man,” the musical talent tweeted.

Ngo is known for his on-the-ground reporting of violent left-wing group Antifa in cities such as Portland. Antifa has routinely targeted Ngo over his work; he’s been physically assaulted, doxxed, and had his home visited at night by apparent Antifa activists wearing printouts of Ngo’s face as masks.

Marshall was called a “Nazi” who “likes fascist propaganda” by critics of the post, The Hollywood Reporter outlined Sunday:

One user wrote in a similarly-deleted reply to Marshall’s tweet, “I may be naive, but “Banjo player from Mumford & Sons Comes Out As Nazi” was not a headline I foresaw…”

There were also calls to fire Marshall from the band. “One of my favorite bands is trending bc the banjo player once again made it clear he likes fascist propaganda. He’s not representative of the whole band, but the silence from Mumford & Sons on this has gone on too long. #AdoptANewBanjoPlayer,” one user tweeted.

“Over the past few days I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed,” Marshall said Tuesday in a statement. “I have offended not only a lot of people I don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry.”

“As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots,” he announced. “For now, please know that I realise how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hateful, divisive behavior. I apologize, as this was not at all my intention.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Mumford & Sons” in 2018 invited Canadian academic Jordan Peterson to visit their London studios. After backlash, Marshall told a Canadian radio station, “I don’t think that having a photograph with someone means you agree with everything they say. … Primarily I’m interested in his psychological stuff, which I find very interesting.”

On top of the left-wing backlash, Marshall was hit by both classical liberals and conservatives for caving to Cancel Culture:

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