Winston Marshall has announced that he is taking a break from Mumford & Sons after facing backlash on social media for a controversial tweet supporting a book by right-wing writer Andy Ngo.
“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 don’t know, but also those closest to me, including my bandmates and for that I am truly sorry,” Marshall said in a statement on Twitter.
The banjo player and lead guitarist of Mumford & Sons said that as a result of his actions, he is taking time away from the band to examine his blind spots.
“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,” he added.
In a tweet he later deleted, Marshall promoted a book published by Ngo last month and called him a “brave man.” The book was titled “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.”
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