Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall has said he is taking some time away from the band after controversy over a tweet he posted about right-wing writer Andy Ngo.
In the since-deleted post, the British musician praised Ngo for his recently published book, Unmasked, which looks at “Antifa’s radical plan to destroy democracy”.
Antifa is a left-wing anti-fascist and anti-racist political movement in the United States
Marshall tweeted to Ngo: “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.”
Ngo’s past association with neo-fascist white nationalist organisations Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys have been the subject of controversy over the years.
Marshall’s post was described as a “dumbfounding endorsement of fascism”.
After receiving backlash, Marshall has apologised for endorsing Ngo’s book, acknowledging how it could be perceived as “approvals of hateful, divisive behaviour”.
“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,” Winston said on social media.
“As a result of my actions I am taking time away from the band to examine my blindspots. 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.”