Winston Marshall has hand over Mumford & Sons, blaming his “tricky resolution” on an “accidental Twitter hurricane”.
The banjoist and lead guitarist, 33, discovered himself on the centre of controversy after tweeting about US journalist Andy Ngo’s e book, Unmasked: Inside of Antifa’s Radical Plan To Break Democracy.
Marshall instructed his 10,000-strong following in March how he had learn the “necessary” e book, praising Ngo as a “courageous guy” in a now-deleted tweet.
Critics of the e book, which claims to show a “violent extremist motion”, say it inflates the scale and danger of the left-wing antifa motion, which was once a widespread goal of Donald Trump.
Pronouncing he would hand over on Thursday, the musician posted on-line how being in Mumford & Sons were “exhilarating”, describing how he were a “fortunate boy”.
And he stated it was once a “blessing” to paintings along fellow participants Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane.
“Each and every gig was once its personal journey. Each and every gig its personal tale. Be it odysseys during the Scottish Islands, or soapbox displays in Soho,” he stated.
He added: “Who of their proper thoughts would willingly stroll clear of this?
“It seems I might. And as chances are you’ll consider, it is been no simple resolution.”
Marshall stated he believed his tweet to Ngo was once “harmless” – however inside 24 hours it was once trending with “tens of hundreds of offended retweets and feedback.”
“I have had a number of abuse through the years. I am a banjo participant in the end. However this was once some other stage.”
And he instructed how his bandmates and buddies additionally got here underneath hearth from the “viral mob” – including how he “regrets very a lot” the “misery” they persisted.
Explaining his tweet about Ngo’s e book, Marshall insisted: “The e book paperwork the new actions of the intense Left in the United States.
“The tweet was once misconstrued through many as an endorsement of the similarly abhorrent A long way-Proper. Not anything may well be farther from the reality.
“I condemn unequivocally all political extremism, be it of the Proper or Left.”
“I have spent a lot time since reflecting, studying and listening. I do know now that, so long as I’m a member of the band, talking my thoughts at the evils of political extremism may deliver them hassle. My loyalty and love for them can’t allow that.
“Alternatively to stay within the band and self-censor will gnaw my sense of right and wrong, erode my integrity. By means of leaving I am hoping to talk freely with out them struggling the results.”
Marshall, whose father is British investor Sir Paul Marshall, instructed how he was once having a look ahead to “new ingenious tasks” and talking and writing “on quite a few problems”.
He’ll additionally stay concerned within the Hong Kong Hyperlink Up, a non-profit organisation which he co-founded, which hyperlinks British citizens with folks from Hong Kong arriving in the United Kingdom.
Marshall additionally thanked the band, which shaped in London in 2007, describing their journey in combination because the “journey of a life-time.”