Mumford & Sons Quits Band So He Can ‘Speak Freely” About Politics

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Mumford & Sons co-founder Winston Marshall is ditching his band so he’ll be able to discuss politics without his band “suffering the consequences” of his opinions.

Marshall took a brief hiatus from the folk music group in March after he congratulated journalist Andy Ngo for his “courageous” book about “ANTIFA’s radical plan to destroy democracy.” He later apologized for his endorsement being “viewed as approval of hateful, divisive behavior.”

The banjoist announced his departure from the band on Thursday in a blog post on Medium. “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,” he explained about his controversial tweet. 

“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,” he went on. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Thirteen members of my family were murdered in the concentration camps of the Holocaust.”

He said that he regretted the “distress” being labeled as a fascist placed on his band and their families, and that apologizing for the tweet only proved to exacerbate the situation.  

“Rather predictably another viral mob came after me, this time for the sin of apologizing. Then followed libelous articles calling me “right-wing” and such, he wrote. 

“Though there’s nothing wrong with being conservative, when forced to politically label myself I flutter between “centrist”, “liberal” or the more honest “bit this, bit that,” Marshall continued. “Being labeled erroneously just goes to show how binary political discourse has become. I had criticized the “Left”, so I must be the “Right”, or so their logic goes.”

After months of reflection, he believes apologizing for the tweet “participates in the lie that such extremism does not exist, or worse, is a force for good,” and maintains his prior assessment about Ngo’s accomplishment. “The truth is that reporting on extremism at the great risk of endangering oneself is unquestionably brave.”

Marshall made the decision to leave the band because “for me to speak about what I’ve learnt to be such a controversial issue will inevitably bring my bandmates more trouble.”

“I could remain and continue to self-censor but it will erode my sense of integrity,” he concluded. “The only way forward for me is to leave the band. I hope in distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences.

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vinnie
vinnie
2 months ago

Mind your Speak, but Speak Your mind!

Edward Clipp
Edward Clipp
2 months ago

Far Right U.S. has nothing to do with anything in history ever considered far right. Far right conservative stands for freedom of thought and beliefs and not the statist over-reach. All invasions of privacy and totalitarian ideals and repressive government control is all liberal ideals and far left and Democrat party.

Michael Bluemke
Michael Bluemke
2 months ago

biden/harris COMMUNIST REGIME has EVERYTHING IN AMERICA F’d UP!!! WHY DOES garland claim Ga. is breaking the law, that it hampers blacks from voting!!! It’s the opposite!!! Why are you not indicting h. biden, fauci, why aren’t you indicting and jailing the cop that MURDERED ASHLI BABBETT!!! YOU garland ARE A DISGRACE AS IS biden/harris and all his appointees, AMERICA is in a bad place, and SOMETHING MUST BE DONE NOW, THIS BULLSHIT FROM THE LEFT IS COMMUNISM, PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!! garland, you SUCK and you WILL BE PUNISHED, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!!! LOOKS LIKE TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOTS WILL HAVE TO UNITE AND TAKE AMERICA BACK FROM THE COMMUNISTS!!!

STEVE
STEVE
2 months ago

*******MERRICK IS A MAGGOT!! AND PERHAPS WORTH A BACKGROUND CHECK FOR POSSIBLE COMPROMISED MATERIALS THAT THE “THEY” HAVE USED TO GET HIM TO SPEAK IN SUCH MANOR OR CHECK HIS BANK ACCOUNTS WITHIN THE STATES AND OUTSIDE COUNTRY TO SHOW WHETHER HE HAS BEEN HANDSOMELY PAID FORHIS SUCH DIRTY DEEDS AGAINST AMERICA AND THE CITIZENS OF AMERICA!*******
NO
STONE
UNTURNED!!

Camille
2 months ago

We will be glad to have you on this side. Be sure to check out Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens, they are both young and believe in freedom.

tom
tom
2 months ago

AMERICANS (Collectively) need to stand up and say NO ! – To CRT, cancel-culture, BLM, Antifa,Anti-White Bias inside OUR Military/schools/Government, etc. Be an AMERICAN First – pay NO attention to the Socialist/Commie far Left !

Jean
Jean
2 months ago

I commend you for your integrity and concern for your bandmates. I’m sure this was a difficult decision, but in the end it’s always harder to cross the line of your own convictions than to deal with the scorn of others. Stay the course, and thanks for calling out the lunatics on the far-left. They’ve lost their minds.

Faithful freedom
Faithful freedom
2 months ago

❤️ this! 💯. He actually has the balls and Chutzpah to stand for his beliefs. Hats off to you!

BrewDubbs
2 months ago

Pretty sad, he had to cancel himself because his “friends” are not friends.