Mumford & Sons lead guitarist Winston Marshall says he’s taking some time off from the band and “examining [his] blind spots} after getting “cancelled” for…praising a book.
Not “Mein Kampf.” Not “The Secret Diaries of a Hidden Nazi,” or “A Racist’s Guide to Hating Black People.”
Marshall made the tragic error of complimenting “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy,” a book by longtime Antifa reporter Andy Ngo, who’s made a name for himself exposing the violent left-wing “anti-fascist” movement that’s all but destroyed cities like Portland and Seattle. Those efforts have earned Ago multiple stints in the hospital, as well as national notoriety on conservative news sites for his on-the-ground coverage of Antifa violence and devastation - all of which he describes in his book.
“Congratulations @MrAndyNgo. Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man,” Marshall had tweeted over the weekend, to which Ngo had responded, “Thank you so much.”
And that’s all it took for left-wing Twitter to blast Marshall for promoting racism and fascism (an interesting take, considering Ngo’s Asian heritage) and even calling him a "Nazi" for having read Ngo's work.
Marshall quickly deleted the tweet and issued an apology for hurting anyone’s feelings.
“Over the past few days, I have come to better understand the pain caused by the book I endorsed,” Mr. Marshall, guitarist of the folk rock band Mumford & Sons, tweeted Tuesday. “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 blind spots,” he wrote Wednesday. “For now, please know that I realize 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.”
Marshall has since deleted all the tweets from his page except the apology.