UVA Fellow, Former George Mason Professor: Overthrow the Government if Trump Wins


University of Virginia (UVA) postdoctoral fellow and former George Mason University (GMU) professor David Walsh called for government overthrow if Democratic challenger Joe Biden loses the election.

“Here’s the thing: if the worst-case scenario happens next week, Americans don’t need to just ‘protest.’ They need to actively try to topple the government,” wrote Walsh. “Also worth noting that the military has already made it clear that in such a scenario, they’re not going to back Trump.”

Following the post’s controversy, GMU removed Walsh’s profile page from their website and tweeted their disagreement with his statements. Walsh’s page had remained on the website up until shortly after his tweet.

“Contrary to earlier reports, @DavidAstinWalsh does not teach for @GeorgeMasonU nor is he a Mason faculty member. He did teach one class as a part-time instructor last year, but he is no longer an employee of the University. That said, we do not agree with his statement.”

UVA hasn’t issued any remarks on the matter. The university’s standards of conduct prohibits violations of federal, state, or local law “if such directly affects the University’s pursuit of its proper educational purposes… where a specific provision of a statute or ordinance is charged in the complaint.”

Section 2385 of the U.S. Code prohibits advocating government overthrow, with punishments including fines and up to two decades imprisonment.

“Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States… Whoever, with the intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter destroying any government in the United States by force or violence… shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.”

Walsh has amassed a following from his academic commentaries and work linking the far-right with conservatism. He has about 26,300 followers, including Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN).

Walsh’s publications criticize conservative concepts like the free market and originalism, and praise liberal concepts like the 1619 Project.

During the riots that broke out after the death of Walter Wallace Jr., Walsh tweeted out his support. Wallace was shot by police after charging at officers with a knife.

“Solidarity with the people of Philadelphia tonight,” wrote Walsh.

On Sunday, Walsh reasserted his position on toppling the government. The academic retweeted a series of articles on protests of individuals rejecting election results in the foreign country of Georgia.

Individuals gathered in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, to demand a recall of Saturday’s results declaring the Georgian Dream party’s victory.

“See, this is the kind of thing that the Democrats may very well need to do on Wednesday,” stated Walsh.

In an interview with The Virginia Star, Virginia Beach attorney Tim Anderson remarked that Governor Ralph Northam’s lack of interest in Walsh’s tweets relating to GMU and UVA is inconsistent with his recent agenda with the Virginia Military Institute (VMI).

“What the VMI controversy is all about, is that [alumni] asked to remove those monuments back in June, and VMI said no. And when that happened, they became obsessed with making something out of VMI’s culture: that it’s racist. But not a peep from the governor or any of those fourteen people who signed the letter for how dangerous it is for academia to be openly advocating for the overthrow of the U.S. government if the election doesn’t go their way. You used to say something like that, and the FBI would be knocking on your door.”

Walsh didn’t respond with comment by press time.

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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Virginia Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].
Photo “David Walsh” by University of Virginia.






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5 Thoughts to “UVA Fellow, Former George Mason Professor: Overthrow the Government if Trump Wins”

  1. Aristotle

    A Louisville slugger will get him a real woke

    Virginia men stop being so effeminate. Go blacked his eyes

  2. Linda

    We will lock you up and throw away the KEY.

  3. Johnnie Ashburn

    I say let’s get back to EDUCATION—with REAL professors who know how to EDUCATE instead of spread biased propaganda—from either side. People like this have NO BUSINESS teaching our kids. Universities do the kids, parents, nation and WORLD a huge DISSERVICE by allowing people like him in front of a classroom. In fact, it is treason and he needs to be treated as such and imprisoned. (At least we don’t just shoot traitors on the spot anymore—maybe we SHOULD.

  4. John Bumpus

    “UVA Fellow, Former George Mason Professor: Overthrow the Government if Trump Wins”

    The little communist ‘twit’ is what, 35, going on 10? And THIS guy is among the best that UVa can get now? I am reserving judgment on Jim Ryan, but Teresa Sullivan ‘darn near’ wrecked the place. And much more of Ralph Northam and his crowd, and the Commonwealth will become as ‘big of a basket case’ as any of the bluest of the blue states.

    John Bumpus,
    UVa College ’71

    1. Linda

      Ralph Northam and his crowd will be Voted Out, you can take it to the BANK!