“I’ve had plenty of abuse over the years,” Winston Marshall says. “I’m a banjo player after all. But this was another level.”
Marshall wants to speak freely, but he recognizes that doing so puts those he loves — namely, his former bandmates — in harm’s way. For that reason, Marshall is leaving Mumford & Sons to protect those he cares about. He hopes this will enable him to more freely pursue future endeavors, without being coerced into dishonestly appeasing the mob.
While Marshall has made headlines in the last few months, it all began with a simple (now-deleted) tweet about a book. His tweet turned out to be career-changing.
In early March, Marshall tweeted about American journalist Andy Ngo’s New York Times Bestseller, “Unmasked.” “Congratulations @MrAndyNgo. Finally had time to read your important book. You’re a brave man,” the tweet read.
Ngo has made a name for himself by persistently documenting Antifa’s violence and radicalism. His book reports on Antifa’s “radical plan to destroy democracy.”
“Posting about books had been a theme of my social-media throughout the pandemic,” Marshall explains. “I believed this tweet to be as innocuous as the others. How wrong I turned out to be.”
When Marshall commented on Ngo’s bravery, he didn’t think he was doing anything newsworthy. In a mere 24 hours, however, he experienced a landslide of pushback. By daring to comment on a book “critical of the Far-Left,” he was labeled as a fascist right-winger.
Marshall tried to challenge the mob’s narrative. After all, he characterizes the far-left and far-right as equally abhorrent. And he’s no partisan ideologue for either party. He’s still just searching for answers.
“Though there’s nothing wrong with being conservative,” he says, “when forced to politically label myself I flutter between ‘centrist’, ‘liberal’ or the more honest ‘bit this, bit that’.”
In response to allegations that his tweet made him a fascist, Marshall says his family knows
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