by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 12, 2022) — A physician who has objected to the government’s COVID-19 response and been fired from his teaching position at University of California-Irvine due to a vaccine mandate told radio and television host Dan Bongino Saturday night that he sits on a committee currently organizing a “US convoy” similar to the truckers’ protests which unfolded in Canada more than two weeks ago.
Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, who reported threats on the part of public health authorities against physicians who provide mask and vaccine exemptions during the January 24 roundtable hosted by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, told Bongino on his Saturday-evening show, “Unfiltered,” that the convoy is planned to launch on March 5 in California.
The following day, Kheriaty said, the convoy plans to begin an eastward trek “toward Washington, DC” which will be peaceful, as was the January 23 “Defeat the Mandates” protest at which Kheriaty and a number of other physicians, scientists and activists spoke outside the Lincoln Memorial protesting vaccine mandates and subsequent loss of employment.
Specializing in medical ethics and psychiatry, Kheriaty currently leads the bioethics programs at four organizations, including The Unity Project, which seeks to abolish vaccine mandates for schoolchildren, particularly in California.
Kheriaty announced the US truckers’ protest on his Substack on February 10. Its launch will be “epic,” he wrote, and the convoy “enormous.”
He concluded his blog post with, “I’ll be heading to Florida Monday for a long-form interview with Tucker Carlson, where I’ll discuss more details about the Defeat the Mandates CA event and truckers convoy. I’ll send that interview—along with some recent podcast interviews I did with Megyn Kelly, Laura Ingraham, and Kristi Leigh—in my next post.”