- The Washington Times - Monday, March 8, 2021

British rocker Winston Marshall stepped into hot water over the weekend after he praised conservative journalist Andy Ngo as “brave” in a now-deleted tweet.

“Congratulations @MrAndyNgo,” Mr. Marshall, guitarist of the folk rock band Mumford & Sons, wrote Saturday. “Finally had the time to read your important book. You’re a brave man.”

The musician included a photo of Mr. Ngo’s book, “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy,” which released last month and is an Amazon bestseller.

“Thank you so much,” Mr. Ngo responded.

Mr. Marshall later deleted his tweet Sunday afternoon after receiving an onslaught of criticism from fans and fellow musicians.

English post-punk band Sleaford Mods tweeted: “That fact this t—t from Mumford is openly showing his support for continued oppression/fascism/the interests of greed, is almost normal now. He inhabits the same landscape most large bands do. Will exist in environments that offer a service to free minded people. It’s [expletive].”

Portland-based rock band Portugal. The Man tweeted: “This [expletive] dweeb.”

“Oh sweet this is actually good news,” New Zealand rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra wrote on Instagram, Entertainment Weekly reported.

This isn’t the first time Mumford & Sons has sparked leftist backlash. In 2018, the band was slammed after taking a photo with clinical psychologist and YouTube personality Jordan Peterson, Yahoo reported.

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