“You’re a brave man.” He apologized after backlash from fans and announced he would take time from the band “to examine my blind spots.” Well, the results of the examination are in, and he’s found no faults. He announced he was removing himself from the band he co-founded with Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane in a Medium blog post on Thursday. Banjoist Winston Marshall. “Finally had the time to read your important book,” he wrote. “The truth is that reporting on extremism at the great risk of endangering oneself is unquestionably brave. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mumford & Sons (@mumfordandsons)

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Tags: I leave with love in my heart and I wish those three boys nothing but the best. Mumford and his remaining sons confirmed the news with a photo on Instagram. “The only way forward for me is to leave the band,” he wrote in the post titled “Why I’m Leaving Mumford & Sons.” “I hope in distancing myself from them I am able to speak my mind without them suffering the consequences. I have no doubt that their stars will shine long into the future.”

Back in March, Marshall tweeted his support for Ngo’s book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy, complimenting Ngo directly. “I have spent much time reflecting, reading, and listening,” he added. “The truth is that my commenting on a book that documents the extreme far left and their activities is in no way an endorsement of the equally repugnant far right,” he continued in his blog post. I also feel that my previous apology in a small way participates in the lie that such extremism does not exist, or worse, is a force for good.” Yes, he’d rather quit the band than the false equivalences. Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Banjo plucker Winston Marshall has formally exited the folk-rock band Mumford & Sons after supporting a controversial right-wing figure Andy Ngo.