On his Thursday night Fox News program Tucker Carlson spoke with Winston Marshall, former lead guitar and banjo player in the band Mumford & Sons, about his cancellation from his band and the public after he praised The Post Millennial Editor-at-Large Andy Ngo's book Unmasked, which exposed Antifa.
After Carlson said, "I remember thinking that was one of the most unreasonable attacks on anybody I've ever seen in my life," Marshall responded and said that "reflecting now 18 months later" the whole incident was "completely insane. Really. I mean, I read a book."
"Congratulations @MrAndyNgo," Marshall said in a now-deleted tweet. "Finally had the time to read your important book. You're a brave man." Marshall's tweet sparked outrage as social justice trolls flocked to Twitter to show their distaste for the artist's support of Ngo and compared his praise of the book to supporting oppression and fascism.
"I had Antifa online activists changing my Wikipedia page from Winston Marshall is a banjo player to Winston Marshall is a fascist. Not only is that ludicrous but doubly ludicrous given that fascists actually assaulted 13 members of my family in the Holocaust," Marshall said. "So my family knows about fascism. But yes, Antifa is a modern-day problem in America, and I didn't I guess anticipate how totemic the issue was at the time."
Marshall explained how, "initially, I apologized, I issued an apology and I was made to take time away from the band, as you said, to examine my 'blind spots'." And days after the initial tweet and the preliminary separation from the band, Marshall decided to leave the group.
Marshall later explained to Tucker, "I decided that the only thing for me to do was to quit the band, retract my apology, but now I live in the truth and I feel liberated by that. So I'm glad for that and I don't have any regrets."
Marshall's road to the truth was anchored in many of the revelations from Ngo's book.
"Now the book documents the 19 deaths in the first 14 days of the BLM writes, it documents the many black businesses, damaged and ruined by the looters and in the riots," Marshall said. "Not to mention the federal courthouse in Portland, being under siege for the entire month of July 2020."
The BLM riots of 2020 caused upwards of 30 deaths, 19 of which did occur in just the first two weeks. The riots also caused multiple injuries and over 1 billion dollars in damage. In Portland, after multiple, continuous days of violence in Portland on July 22, BLM-Antifa activists seized the courthouse and barricaded themselves within.
Marshall also said that the music industry only "purports to say it cares for black lives," as they overlooked the tremendous damage done in the black community due to the BLM-Antifa riots.
When Carlson asked about the music industry, the musician answered, "I would say that it's not entirely clear to me whether there is a chokehold by progressives on the industry, or whether there's a minority of progressives that have a chokehold on the majority."
"But there's certainly a lot of self-censorship going on. And that's not just in the music industry. It's across the creative industries, in Hollywood, and across your great country, America, and in Britain," he said.
"There's a lot of self-censorships, people who are too scared to say the truth. And I think that's because you know, there's professional and social repercussions if you do speak the truth," Marshall added.Marshall now hosts the podcast Marshall Matters where he speaks on topical issues.
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