RELEASE: Utah Democrats Condemn Antisemitic Comments from Entrata Founder and Prominent Republican Donor David Bateman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ben Anderson, Communications Director

Phone: +1 (801) 830-0645

Email: press@utdem.org

UTAH DEMOCRATS CONDEMN ANTISEMITIC COMMENTS FROM ENTRATA FOUNDER AND PROMINENT REPUBLICAN DONOR DAVID BATEMAN

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, January 4, 2022 — The Utah Democratic Party released the following statement Tuesday in response to the antisemitic and anti-vaccine email sent to tech CEOs and political leaders by David Bateman, the founder and chairman of Silicon Slopes tech company Entrata, and a major financial backer and prominent member of the Utah Republican Party:

“The statements made in an email from David Bateman, which became public today, are disgusting, unfounded, and dangerous, and the Utah Democratic Party condemns them fully and completely. This rhetoric perpetuates harmful stereotypes about Jewish people and puts Utah’s Jewish community in danger. It is absolutely unacceptable, especially from a leader in the tech community. We stand with the Jewish community in disavowing his comments.

Additionally, Bateman has given hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of support to the Utah GOP. We call on them to publicly condemn and disavow his comments, and return the $55,000 of donations that Entrata has directly given the party since 2017. When it comes to such serious matters as antisemitism, silence is complicity.”

The Utah Democratic Party is the face and voice of Democrats in the State of Utah. We believe that Utahns deserve strong, competent leadership that puts the people and democracy first. 

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For more information, contact Ben Anderson at press@utdem.org or +1 (801) 830-0645.