A prominent Utah GOP donor who previously claimed Pope Francis was a secret Jewish agent said Friday he has “love for the Jewish people” and only has a problem with “banking, secret society Jews.”
Dave Bateman, the former co-founder of asset management software company Entrata, wrote in an Instagram story that his “heart breaks [the Jews’] The multi-millennium plight in which they were carried from one country to another. robbed. defeated. Denied the right to vote, and repeatedly abolished.”
“My beef is with the khabbalists” [sic] Central banking, secret society Jewish. Not a wonderful, humble and hardworking Jewish people,” Bateman continued.
“I’m a tech entrepreneur who retired early and am bored and lazy so I’m sharing some of my theories. I could be wrong. But I’m afraid I’m right.”
The term “Khabbalist” used by Bateman refers to adherents of a Jewish mysticism-based ideology known as Kabbalah. The word “cabal” – often defined as a group of people engaging in covert or conspiratorial actions – is derived from the word Kabbalah and is often used as an antisemitic trope.
Another claim Bateman references the idea that Jews are in charge of the world’s banking organizations, calling it the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), as a “classic antisemitic myth”.
“For centuries, anti-Semitic propaganda has portrayed the Jew as a conspiratorial, manipulative outsider, often with powers and designs for world domination,” the ADL said on its website. “In recent years, the anti-Semitic notion that ‘Jews’ dominate and command the US Federal Reserve System and actually control the world’s money has surfaced across the extremist spectrum.”
ADL’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, said on Twitter that it appears Bateman “has learned nothing since being forced to resign from Entrata for sharing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Here he is again.” Posting anti-Semitic screech via Instagram. Platform should be removed this hate ASAP.”
Bateman’s Instagram post is the second time in a month that he has made headlines for his offensive comments about Jewish people.
The tech guru generated controversy in early January after sending an email to Entrata coworkers, as well as Utah state officials and others, that contained several antitrust conspiracies.
These conspiracies also included the claim that Pope Francis had been installed in his post by secret Jewish leaders in an attempt to take over the Catholic Church. The ultimate goal of this conspiracy, Bateman claimed, was to consolidate power in a single country.
“For 300 years Jews have been trying to infiltrate the Catholic Church and put a Jew on top,” the email reads. “It happened to Pope Francis in 2013. I believe that the epidemic and systematic destruction of billions of people will lead to an attempt to consolidate all the countries of the world with totalitarian rule under the same flag.”
The email also said without evidence that Jewish people were involved in an effort to “euthanize” the US through a COVID-19 vaccine. Bateman said Hasidic Jews have passed a law that prevents them from receiving the vaccine, although no such law exists.
The email went viral, with several political activists and groups condemning Bateman’s rhetoric.
Within hours of sending the email, Bateman resigned from Entrata and resigned from its board of directors. Entrata CEO Adam Edmonds issued a statement saying that Bateman’s opinion “does not reflect the views or values of Entrata, the executive team, board of directors or investors.”
A key donor to Utah’s GOP party, there were calls from prominent Democrats for the state’s Republican leaders “to return the 55,000 donations that Entrata has given directly to the party since 2017.”
An independent political party, the Utah United Party, said the GOP needed to “reject the toxic rhetoric spewed by its most prominent donor.”
newsweek Contacted ADL for comment.