Winston Marshall has quit Mumford and Sons after voicing his support for Unmasked, a controversial book by Andy Ngo criticising the antifa movement.
In a lengthy blog, Marshall said his tweet had dragged his band members into a social media storm and that he hoped “in distancing myself from them” he would be more “able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences.”
He said: “At the beginning of March I tweeted to American journalist Andy Ngo.
“Posting about books had been a theme of my social-media throughout the pandemic. I believed this tweet to be as innocuous as the others. How wrong I turned out to be.
“Over the course of 24 hours it was trending with tens of thousands of angry retweets and comments. I failed to foresee that my commenting on a book critical of the Far-Left could be interpreted as approval of the equally abhorrent Far-Right.”
Marshall’s tweet, which he posted in March read: “Congratulations @MrAndyNgo. Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man”.
Critics of the book, which claims to expose a “violent extremist movement”, say it inflates the threat of the left-wing antifa movement.
Reacting to his exodus, some shared messages of support, including the rest of the band:
We wish you all the best for the future, Win, and we love you man. M, B & T. https://t.co/EiXTIkxxL5