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The banjo player from folk rock group Mumford & Sons said he is “taking time away from the band” following criticism for praising a conservative writer.

Mar 10, 2021

The banjo player from folk rock group Mumford & Sons said he is taking time away from the band following criticism for praising a conservative writer.
Winston Marshall caused controversy after tweeting support for US journalist Andy Ngo over the weekend.
In a since-deleted post, Marshall said he had read Ngos important book Unmasked: Inside Antifas Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy and praised him as a brave man.
Fans of Mumford & Sons, a chart-topping band formed in London in 2007, were quick to share their disappointment at the endorsement.
One described Marshalls tweet as a dumbfounding endorsement of fascism.
In a statement on Twitter, Marshall, 33, said he is stepping away from the band to examine my blindspots.
He said: Over the past few days I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed. I have offended not only a lot of people I dont 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.
Marshall, son of wealthy British investor Sir Paul Marshall, added: For now, please know that I realise how my endorsements have the potential to be viewed as approvals of hateful, divisive behaviour. I apologise, as this was not at all my intention.
Ngos book Unmasked claims to expose a violent extremist movement. Critics say it inflates the size and threat of the left-wing antifa movement, which was a frequent target of Donald Trump.
The Los Angeles Times describes the book as supremely dishonest.
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Winston Marshall has stepped back from folk rock band Mumford and Sons following criticism for tweeting support of a controversial writer (Ian West/PA)
Winston Marshall has stepped back from folk rock band Mumford and Sons following criticism for tweeting support of a controversial writer (Ian West/PA)
The remaining members of Mumford & Sons are Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane. Their best-known songs include I Will Wait and Little Lion Man.
Representatives for the band have been contacted for comment.
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