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Condemnation after Utah tech firm founder claims ‘Jews’ are behind efforts to ‘euthanize the American people’

Jan 4, 2022, 4:07 PM | Updated: 5:42 pm

Dave Bateman, CEO of Entrata, speaks during StartFEST at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo on ...

Dave Bateman, CEO of Entrata, speaks during StartFEST at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (Courtesy Stacie Scott, Deseret News)

(Courtesy Stacie Scott, Deseret News)

David Bateman, founder of Utah tech firm Entrata, sent an email to multiple parties, including Utah tech leaders, that says “the Jews” are behind the attempted “genocide” of “our people” that is underway.

“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. “I know, it sounds bonkers.”

He urged Utah to take action in a letter that caused strong reactions around tech, Utah and social media circles. The letter was forwarded to KSL TV and confirmed by Bateman, who according a July article, retains majority ownership of the business after giving up the role of CEO.

Many from Utah immediately condemned the letter including on a Twitter account, unverified, that appeared to be from Entrata CEO Adam Edmunds that distanced the company from the letter and said the opinions were “his alone, and do not reflect the views or values of Entrata.”

Bateman warned: “Utah has got to stop the vaccination drive. Warn your employees. Warn your friends. Prepare. Stay safe.”

He stated the pandemic vaccines are an attempt to depopulate the world.

Utah Rabbi Avremi Zippel said Utah is better than Bateman’s words and was concerned they could lead to violence.

“I was disgusted to read this flaming pile of garbage of a letter,” he said on Twitter. “Granted the contents are absolutely loony tunes, but sadly, we’ve seen nonsense like this metastasize to violence against our community before,” he said while stating it hit all the usual antisemitic talking points.

Utah businessman Blake McClary, who runs the Salt Lake City chapter of Silicon Slopes that seeks to attract tech business to Utah also tweeted in response to the letter. He stated:

Dave Bateman has been the worst representative of Utah tech for years. 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.

Lehi-based Entrata is a property management software company co-founded by Bateman, who maintains a majority ownership of the business according to a company profile by Forbes in July, that also said that leadership had been taken up by new CEO Adam Edmunds, who helped raise $507 million in funding.

Bateman has previously relocated to Puerto Rico, where he actively posts family content, including his children. On his Instagram Stories page however, that he points to from the letter, he publishes global conspiracy theories that contradict established science.

“Everything is being expertly censored,” he wrote. “I can only get content through to people on my Instagram stories. I saved about 500 slides on my account in highlights…It’s a little out there, but it’s my theory on what’s going on.”

His theories seem to rely heavily on long-standing conspiracy theories and seem to contradict each other. In one slide he states that death statistics from COVID-19 are inflated as part the global conspiracy and in another he blames “the lab that leaked the coronavirus” for killing “more people than Hitler.” Adolf Hitler is was responsible for millions of deaths including the Holocaust that extinguished 6 million Jewish lives. So far the COVID-19 pandemic has killed less that 5.5 million people.

Many of the Bateman’s Instagram slides come with warnings from the platform and links to reputable sources of information on top of the misinformation.

There, Batemen blames much more than a single religious group. He states The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated to the Bill Gates Foundation and asks if Gates is behind everything. Other slides disparage Church leaders while others feature Catholocism, including the Pope. And many others focus on the Jewish religion with suggested ties between Bible verses, King Solomon, Freemasonry and the global viral pandemic together. He also states, “I have great love for the Jewish people.”

On an unverified Twitter account that appears to be Bateman’s he describes himself as “Student of all religions, member of none; lover of ancient enlightenments and truth wherever it can be found.” It lists San Juan, Puerto Rico as his location.

Many of the theories in Bateman’s stories are reflected in the letter as well.

“I write this emailing knowing many of you will think I’m crazy after reading it. I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people. It’s obvious now. It’s undeniable, yet no one is doing anything.”

Bateman was previously in the news for bailing the Utah Republican Party out of debt and then later accusing a lawmaker of extortion.

Twitter was full of condemnation of the letter and calls for him to step away from the tech company he founded. He was also accused of sexism while he was a speaker at a tech conference.

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Condemnation after Utah tech firm founder claims ‘Jews’ are behind efforts to ‘euthanize the American people’