The people behind Big Tech are known for saying and doing outrageous things. However, one high-profile executive was forced to resign after crossing the line into hateful rhetoric.
David Bateman, founder and former CEO of the tech firm Entrata, stepped down after sharing bizarre anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, Breitbart reported. The Utah-based entrepreneur alleged the Jews were plotting to “euthanize” Americans through vaccines and had taken over the Vatican through Pope Francis.
“I believe there is a sadistic effort underway to euthanize the American people,” Bateman wrote in a group email. The subject line was “genocide,” and recipients included several tech company heads and other business owners in Utah as well as the state’s Republican Gov. Spencer Cox and Democratic state Senate majority whip, Luz Escamilla.
“It’s obvious now. It’s undeniable, yet no one is doing anything,” Bateman wrote. “I believe the Jews are behind this. For 300 years the Jews have been trying to infiltrate the Catholic Church and place a Jew covertly at the top,” he went on.
“It happened in 2013 with Pope Francis. 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 continued.” I know, it sounds bonkers. 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,” Bateman claimed.
After the blowback, Bateman took responsibility but offered a further explanation that was as bad as his original comments. “Yes. I sent it. I have nothing but love for the Jewish people. Some of my closest friends are Jews,” he claimed.
“My heart breaks for their 2500 years they’ve been mistreated by nearly every country on earth. But I do believe Scottish Rite Freemasons are behind the pandemic (overwhelmingly Jewish),” Bateman told the local Salt Lake City Fox affiliate. “And I fear billions of people around the globe right now are being exterminated.”
Quirkiness — and even a little insanity — are part of the charm of tech moguls. However, Bateman’s remarks were disgusting and dangerous as his targeting of the international Jewish community only fuels anti-Semitism around the world.