Winston Marshall on populism

Former ‘Mumford & Sons’ Guitarist Smashes Democrat Double Standards in Populism Debate

16 May 2024

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Last week, the cancelled Mumford & Sons lead guitarist made a Democrat twitch.

Here’s why that’s newsworthy.

Gaining over 3.3 million views on X, Winston Marshall’s 11 May Oxford Union speech is a shoo-in for the top 10 highlights of 2024.

His speech was on populism, and it triggered Trump-hating matriarch Nancy Pelosi’s trademark spite.

Marshall, who is now with The Spectator UK, said that she “snidely mouthed” her disgust at him while he was talking.

The Christian and Grammy Award-winning musician took on Pelosi in a parley titledPopulism is not a threat to democracy“.

During the debate, Marshall defended the term and condemned elitism.

He argued that populism had been wrongly rebranded by “elites to show their contempt for ordinary people.”

It’s not “racism, ethnonationalism, bigotry, redneck, or a fetish of Clinton’s deplorables,” he stated.

The elite’s turning populism into a pejorative is new.

Before 2016, Democrat President Barack Obama considered himself to be a populist.

Citing Time magazine, Marshall pointed to Obama, stating,

‘”populism has to do with protecting the little guy against powerful corporate interests, guaranteeing educational opportunity regardless of wealth, and insuring a fair shake for workers.”

Populism, the two-term black president asserted, isn’t someone saying ‘something controversial in order to win votes.’

So, what prompted the change? Elitist Hillary Clinton’s epic – and unexpected – election loss to populist Donald Trump in 2016.

Double Standards

Marshall said that if the motion was arguing in favour of demagoguery and political violence being a threat to democracy, he’d side with Pelosi.

His master stroke with this was exposing Pelosi’s Democrat double standard.

“And I’m sure Congresswoman Pelosi will agree that the entire month of June 2020, when the Federal Court House in Portland, Oregon, was under siege and under insurrection by radical progressives, those too were dark days for America.”

Vexed, the former Speaker of the House retorted,

“There is no equivalence there, so, but it is not like what happened on January 6th, which was an insurrection incited by the President of the United States”

Marshall then gave Pelosi a chance to condemn the Democrat-sponsored political violence as a threat to democracy. She refused.

Pelosi was telling us to take note, and we should.

Like zero-sum murderous Marxists defending communism, Pelosi’s silence effectively said that the ends justify the means – “that insurrection wasn’t real insurrection.”

She’ll vehemently condemn J6 as an “insurrection” – misrepresenting the evidence.

Yet, she’ll quickly dismiss Black Lives Matter Inc. and Antifa’s rampages as “firey, but mostly peaceful” – without regard for evidence.

In other words, evidence-based reasoning is only acceptable as long as it serves the progressives’ aggressive authoritarian agenda.


Confirming this, Pelosi called voters, “poor souls looking for answers.”

They won’t vote for Democrat “solutions” because they’re blocked by their views on “God, gays, and guns.”

Such as not redefining abortion as healthcare, or justifying killing a child in the womb as reproductive rights: “a woman’s right to choose.”

Returning to his point, Marshall retorted,

“Democrats have become the anti-democrat party.”

“Throughout the pandemic, Biden’s team, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security colluded with Big Tech in censoring dissenting voices.”

“Need I remind you,” Marshall adds, “democracy without free speech is not democracy.“

“Populism, as you know, is the politics of the ordinary people against an elite.”

People Power

Marshall then concluded his speech with a defence of freedom.

Using the example of China’s pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, he said,

“Populism is not a threat to democracy. Populism is democracy.”

Farmers are revolting against Davos – the World Economic Forum’s woke Marxist ESG policies.

It’s happening in Canada too.

“Populism,” Marshall further explained, “is the voice of the voiceless.”

“The real threat to democracy is from the elites.”

Such as “petty tyrant Prime Minister Justin Trudeau freezing the bank accounts of truckers” protesting government overreach.

There’s a lot to learn from, and like about this debate.

The son of outspoken Christian and GB News stakeholder Sir Paul Marshall, Winston Marshall left Mumford & Sons in 2021 – a hugely successful mainstream band he co-founded.

Marshall left because leftwing rage tore his life apart over a social media post.

After initially supporting a valid right-wing talking point, he caved to cancel-culture pressure and recanted.

Marshall has since regretted doing so.

I agree with Hollywood in Toto: shredding Pelosi announces his return to centre stage.

This is an “epic smackdown”.

It’s also redemptive.

The former superstar is turning his cancellation into opportunities grounded in Christ.



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