SALT LAKE CITY – The founder and chairman of Entrata, a Silcon Slopes tech company, emailed a number of Utah tech CEOs and business and political leaders, saying the COVID-19 vaccine was part of a “Jewish” plot to exterminate people.
David Bateman’s email, shared with FOX 13 by numerous sources, begins with the subject line “Genocide”. Bateman confirmed to FOX 13 via text that he sent the email.
“I am writing this email knowing that many of you will think I am crazy after reading it. I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people. It is evident now. It’s undeniable, yet no one is doing anything. Everyone is ignoring their own judgment and rejecting their intuition, “Bateman wrote.
In the email, Bateman attacks the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine and urged people not to get it. He also claims that criticism of the vaccine is being censored and that international charges would be laid against Dr Anthony Fauci.
“I believe the Jews are behind this. For 300 years, Jews have tried to infiltrate the Catholic Church and secretly place a Jew on top. It happened in 2013 with Pope Francis. I believe in the pandemic and the systematic extermination of billions of people. will lead to an effort to consolidate all the countries of the world under one flag with a totalitarian regime. I know, that sounds crazy. No one is talking about it, but Hasidic Jews in the United States have instituted a law for their people that they are not to be vaccinated for any reason, “he wrote in the email.
“I pray that I am wrong. Utah must stop the vaccination campaign. Warn your employees. Warn your friends. Prepare. Stay safe.”
Among the recipients of the email were Ryan Smith, owner of Utah Jazz and CEO of Qualtrics, Governor Spencer Cox, Senate Minority Whip Luz Escamilla, CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Theresa Foxley. , and a number of other CEOs of Silicon Slopes.
In text messages, Bateman confirmed to FOX 13 that he wrote the email.
“Yes. I sent it. I have nothing but love for the Jewish people. Some of my closest friends are Jews. My heart breaks as they have been abused for 2,500 years by almost every country. The Freemasons are at the origin of the pandemic (predominantly Jewish), “he wrote. “And I fear that billions of people around the world are currently being exterminated.”
Bateman said he emailed a few close friends with his personal opinion and “had no intention of making a big splash.” He retired as CEO of Entrata but remains chairman of the board of the company. Last year Entrata raised $ 507 million with the help of Smith and Vivint founder Todd Pederson, among others.
Bateman was a prominent figure in Republican politics in Utah. He was a great donor to the party, freeing them from financial hardship and supporting a faction of the Utah GOP in an internal struggle that has spread in public in the ways that allow candidates to go to the polls.
The email stunned many people working in Utah’s tech industry, including the leaders of the Political Action Committee that represents them on Capitol Hill.
“It’s incredibly disturbing that someone in our community is voicing these kinds of opinions, especially during this time,” said Elizabeth Converse, executive director of Utah Tech Leads. “We have all seen an increase in anti-Semitic behavior across the country and particularly in Utah because of the virus.”
Blake McClary, a prominent technology executive at Silicon Slopes, took to Twitter to criticize Bateman and the email.
Dave Bateman has been Utah’s worst tech representative in years. We all know that. It’s time for him to leave Entrata and enjoy his tax haven in Puerto Rico and not embarrass us. https://t.co/Tzfw16XHOF
– Blake McClary (@BlakeMcClary) January 4, 2022
Sara Dansie Jones, CEO of InclusionPro and director of the board of directors of the Women Tech Council, also called for comments.
Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Chabad Utah called the email “blatant anti-Semitism.”
“It’s a flaming pile of garbage on your face. I’m not going to honor the contents of this email with a piecemeal sort of how stupid it is,” Rabbi Zippel said, adding that he feared it could lead to real-world violence.
“We know how fast things go from ridiculous conspiracy theories online and in email, how it turns pretty quickly to violence,” he said.
Zippel, who is Hasidic, also told FOX 13 he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19.