Tech executive quits after sending anti-Semitic email to CEOs and politicians
- A founder of a Utah tech company sent an anti-Semitic email Tuesday, resigning the same day.
- David Bateman is the founder of Entrata and a major political donor to the Utah GOP.
- He confirmed that he texted the email to the local KSTU news station.
Utah tech executive resigned hours after emailing anti-Semitic vaccine conspiracy theory Tuesday morning to politicians and business leaders, a local news station KSTU reported, who said they received copies of the email from multiple sources.
Email has been sent at 4:59, according to Forbes, by conservative political donor David Bateman, co-founder and chairman of the board of a tech company Entrata.
Among the recipients were NBA Utah Jazz team owner Ryan Smith, Gov. Spencer Cox and some “Silicon Slopes” CEOs, KSTU reported.
âI’m writing this email knowing that many of you will think I’m crazy after reading it,â Bateman’s email began. “I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people.”
In the conspiracy email, he falsely claimed that COVID-19 and the vaccine were killing people, according to Forbes, and blamed the Jewish people, echoing a centuries-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
“I pray that I am wrong. Utah has to stop the vaccination campaign. Warn your employees. Warn your friends. Prepare yourself. Stay safe,” Bateman said in the conspiracy email.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and very effective protect against COVID-19 and prevent serious illness and death.
Bateman and Entrata did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
In a text to KSTU, Bateman admitted to sending the email and said he had “nothing but love for the Jewish people”, adding that some of his “closest friends were Jews” .
The Entrata board today called on Dave Bateman to resign from the company’s board of directors, including his role as chairman. Dave has accepted and is no longer a member of the Entrata board, with immediate effect, “CEO Adam Edmonds said on Twitter at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
Governor Cox also responded on Twitter denying the allegations in Bateman’s email and calling him “irresponsible” and “violently anti-Semitic.”
Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Chabad Utah called Bateman’s remarks “blatant anti-Semitism” and “a flaming garbage heap.” according to the Associated Press.
âWe know how quickly things go from ridiculous conspiracy theories online and in email, how it turns pretty quickly to violence,â Zippel said.
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