Dave Bateman, a Utah tech executive, resigned his post Tuesday after he called the Covid-19 vaccine a plot by “the Jews” to “euthanize the American people.”
Bateman unleashed the antisemitic rant in an email sent to local politicians and business leaders early Monday morning. The disgraced exec was a co-founder and chairman of Entrata, which sells property management software to landlords nationwide.
“Entrata’s board of directors today asked Dave Bateman to resign from the company’s board of directors, including his position as chairman,” said CEO Adam Edmunds on Twitter Tuesday evening.
“Dave agreed and is no longer a member of the Entrata board, effective immediately.”
Prior to his ouster this week, Bateman was a prolific donor to Republican candidates and causes in Utah.
Tech Exec Sends Antisemitic Screed
According to Fox 13 Now, which first reported on the shocking message, Bateman’s racist rant was sent to Utah Governor Spencer Cox and Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith, among others, and began with the subject line “Genocide.”
“I believe the pandemic and systematic extermination of billions of people will lead to an effort to consolidate all the countries in the world under a single flag with totalitarian rule,” he wrote.
Admitting that his unhinged tirade “sounds bonkers,” Bateman said, “I believe the Jews are behind” a “a sadistic effort […] to euthanize the American people.”
The bizarre rant became even more incoherent as he went on. “For 300 years the Jews have been trying to infiltrate the Catholic Church and place a Jew covertly at the top,” the executive reportedly said.
“It happened in 2013 with Pope Francis […] No one is reporting on it, but the Hasidic Jews in the US instituted a law for their people that they are not to be vaccinated for any reason,” he claimed.
“I pray that I’m wrong on this. Utah has got to stop the vaccination drive. Warn your employees. Warn your friends. Prepare. Stay safe,” Bateman concluded.
Utah Leaders Rebuke Dave Bateman
The condemnation of Bateman’s screed was swift and widespread, as the Republican political leaders who once accepted his donations scrambled to distance themselves from the tech exec’s racist conspiracy theory.
“These irresponsible comments are hurtfully anti-Semitic, blatantly false, and we completely reject them,” wrote Governor Cox on Twitter Tuesday.
This is [batsh—t] crazy stuff,” Cox added on his personal account.” I get insane emails like this from people often and normally wouldn’t dignify it with a response, but I guess it’s getting lots [of] attention. I hope he gets some help.”
The state GOP has not said it intends to return any of Bateman’s political contributions.
Utah’s tech industry also condemned Bateman after his email leaked on Tuesday.
Clint Betts, the leader of a Utah tech industry networking group called Silicon Slopes Commons, was also CC’d on Bateman’s shocking email.
“Dave’s email was insane, intolerant, and antisemitic,” Betts wrote on Twitter. “It is not representative of Silicon Slopes or the inclusive community so many in this state are trying to build.”
“Dave Bateman has been the worst representative of Utah tech for years,” Tweeted Blake McClary, another major player in the state’s burgeoning IT industry.”
“We all know this. It’s time for him to step down from Entrata and enjoy his tax haven in Puerto Rico and not embarrass us.”
Meanwhile, Jewish groups in the state blasted Bateman’s rant as “textbook antisemitism.”
“The United Jewish Federation of Utah calls on organizations associated with this individual to distance themselves from this individual, who has taken a public and open stance on some of the worse antisemitic tropes in our society,” that organization said in a statement.
“We must accept that any association with this individual and support for his activities only continues to strengthen this type of hate, and reflects by association, on the organizations that he is part of.”