Winston Marshall, the banjoist for the band "Mumford & Sons" announced Tuesday that he was stepping away from the group after being excoriated online for applauding a book written by Andy Ngo. Ngo is a conservative journalist famous for documenting the dangerous and riotous behavior of the left-wing terror group Antifa.
After reading Ngo's new book, "Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy," Marshall tweeted his congratulations, calling the book "important" and calling Ngo "a brave man." That tweet has since been deleted.
Progressive activists pounced on Marshall's comments and began pelting the band with negative social media comments and calls for boycotts. Days later, the banjo player posted a public apology for offending people, noting the "pain caused by the book."
This is the second time that Marshall has been at the center of controversy for the music group. Previously, he and fellow band members Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane appeared in a photograph standing next to clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson.
Several prominent conservatives online expressed disappointment in Marshall's apology, suggesting that caving to the outrage mob is counterproductive and dangerous for free speech.
Ngo himself appeared to indirectly comment on the controversy.