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Utah tech exec quits after outrage over email calling COVID vaccine a ‘Jewish plot’

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The Utah director of technology, who sent an e-mail to local business and political leaders claiming that the COVID-19 vaccine was a “sadistic” conspiracy to “euthanize the American people,” has resigned.

Emails were sent early Monday morning to the state’s most powerful individuals in the public and private sectors, including Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, Utah Jazz owner and Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith, and a group of other local leaders. A country known as the “Silicon Slopes.”

David Bateman, co-founder and chairman of property management software provider Entrata, acknowledged in an email from his company account that this “seems very strange,” but that the vaccine is a conspiracy to destroy the Earth’s population. kidladi. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, elites, including George Soros and Bill Gates.

“I think the pandemic and the systematic extermination of billions of people will lead to attempts to unite all countries in the world under a single flag under totalitarian rule,” Bateman said in an email, according to the Tribune.

“I ask if I’m wrong about that. Utah needs to stop the vaccination campaign. Warn your staff. Warn your friends. Get ready. Be safe,” Bateman said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bateman resigned from the company and left the board of directors.

Last year, Fortune magazine named Entrata “Utah’s newest software unicorn” because it raised $ 507 million from investors, including private equity firm Silver Lake.

A Silver Lake spokesman told Acesparks that Bateman’s email “does not reflect any of our views and we strongly condemn anti-Semitism and hatred in all its forms.” Silver Lake’s $ 90 billion portfolio includes shares in tech-only branches such as Airbnb, Alibaba, Dell Technologies, GoDaddy, Skype and SoFi.

Bateman is well known among Utah politicians, where he was a major donor to the Republican Party.

Entrata, based in Lehi, Utah, is a startup specializing in property management software.

On Wednesday, state Governor Cox condemned Bateman’s email on Twitter, writing: “These irresponsible comments are outrageous anti-Semitism, blatant lies and we reject them outright.” The governor said on his personal Twitter account that the words “bats *** are crazy”.

The message, which included the word “genocide” in the subject line, was first aired on Tuesday by Fox 13 in Salt Lake City.

“I believe there is a sadistic effort going on to euthanize the American people,” Bateman wrote.

In an email, Bateman questioned the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine and falsely claimed that Jews had “infiltrated” the Catholic Church by appointing one of them, Pope Francis, as the church’s supreme religious official.

He also wrote that there was a campaign to silence anyone who criticized the vaccines.

“I believe the Jews are behind this,” he wrote.

“For 300 years, Jews entered the Catholic Church and secretly tried to place a Jew on top. This happened in 2013 with Pope Francis.

Bateman has confirmed that he is the author of an email to Fox 13.

“Yes. I sent it, ”he told the news station. “I have nothing but love for the Jewish people. Some of my closest friends are Jews. ”

He added: “But I believe that Scottish Freemasons are behind the pandemic (mostly Jews). And I’m afraid billions of people are being killed all over the world right now. “

The email sparked outrage from local business, religious and political leaders, prompting Bateman to resign as CEO on Tuesday.

Entrata issued a statement condemning Bateman’s comments and distancing himself from his founder.

“To be honest, we strongly condemn anti-Semitism in any form at Entrata,” company CEO Adam Edmunds said in a statement. “For those who have seen the content of Dave’s email and are upset or annoyed, we understand and share your frustrations.”

Utah Governor Spencer Cox
On Wednesday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox condemned Batman’s email in a tweet: “These irresponsible comments are bitter anti-Semitism, blatant lies, and we reject them outright.”

Edmunds wrote: “The views expressed by Dave were solely those and do not reflect the views or values ​​of Entrata, the executive team, the board of directors or investors.”

Bateman told Fox 13 that he had “no intention of making a big fuss” and that the email should be shared with a few close friends.

Local Jewish officials, including Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Utah’s Chabad State, were outraged, calling the comments “blatant anti-Semitism” and “fiery rubbish.”

The United Jewish Federation of Utah said in the email that “there are vicious, hyperbolic and misleading allegations against Jews, exacerbating the worst anti-Semitism in our history.”

Clint Betts, president of the Silicon Slopes Commons Trading Association, a representative of technology firms in Utah, is one of the recipients of the emails. He called the message “insane, intolerant and anti-Semitic.”

Entrata, based in Lexi, Utah, was founded in 2003. It employs 1,400 people.

The company is estimated to exceed $ 1 billion.

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