Mumford and Sons Guitarist Who Promoted Right-Wing Provocateur Andy Ngo’s Book is “Taking Time Away From the Band”

Andy Ngo is a right-wing provocateur who regularly seeks out events attended by Antifa. He has claimed to be assaulted at a number of his rallies. The claims, though, have been extensively criticized and picked apart by Politifact and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Ngo recently wrote a book about his experiences and that book was promoted by Winston Marshall, the guitarist for Mumford and Sons. The promotion drew immediate condemnation. Marshall has now apologized for his tweet and is taking time away from the band.

Marshall said in a statement Tuesday night, “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.”

The guitarist continued, “As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots. 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.”

Ngo himself responded to Marshall’s note, saying, “I grieve for those who are made to suffer because they dare to read my work, or talk to me. The danger of Antifa & their allies is not only their willingness to carry out or support maiming, killing & terrorism—but also how they close curious minds from independent thought.”

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