October 12th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Coulter: We want 'Jews to be perfected'

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Conservative commentator and best-selling author Ann Coulter may find herself in the midst of a controversy for comments Monday suggesting America would be better if everyone was Christian.

Asked by CNBC host Donny Deutsch what the U.S. looks like in her dreams, Coulter said it would look like the Republican National Convention in 2004

"People were happy,” she said, according to a transcript provided to CNN by CNBC. “They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America." (Video: Watch Coulter's comments on CNBC)

When Deutsch responded, "It would be better if we were all Christian?" Coulter said "Yeah."

Deutsch, himself Jewish, continued to press Coulter on her remarks, asking, "We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians then?"

"Yeah," Coulter responded, adding "Well, it's a lot easier. It's kind of a fast track."

"You can't possibly believe that," Deutsch responded. “You can’t possibly. You’re too educated.”

"Do you know what Christianity is?" Coulter replied. "See, we believe your religion, but you have to obey. We have the fast track program."

Later in the interview Deutsch asked Coulter if she doesn't want any Jews in the world, Coulter responded, "No, we think - we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say."

"Wow, you didn't really say that, did you," Deutsch said.

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"Yeah, no,” Coulter replied. “That’s what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. You have to obey laws. We know we're all sinners."

Deutsch said he was personally offended.

"No. I'm sorry. It is not intended to be," she said. "I don't think you should take it that way, but that is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews. We believe the Old Testament. As you know from the Old Testament, God was constantly getting fed up with humans for not being able to live up to all the laws. What Christians believe - this is just a statement of what the New Testament is - is that that's why Christ came and died for our sins. Christians believe the Old Testament. You don't believe our testament."

Deutsch continued to call Coulter's comments anti-semetic.

"No, no, - I don't want you being offended by this," she responded. "This is what Christians consider themselves, because our testament is the continuation of your testament. You know that. So we think Jews go to heaven. I mean, [the late Rev. Jerry] Falwell himself said that, but you have to follow laws. Ours is "Christ died for our sins." We consider ourselves perfected Christians. For me to say that for you to become a Christian is to become a perfected Christian is not offensive at all."


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  1. Andre' J. Perrin, Richardson, TX

    Ann is the "classic dumb blonde."

    October 12, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. Jeff, Princeton, New Jersey

    For those of you saying, "Ann Coulter is a talk-show host...a conservative shock-jock known to have an edgy sense of humor," "Nobody treat this like it's a big deal" and giving us lessons in Christian theology regarding the "revealed" nature of the Old vs. the New Testament, need I remind you that you these are the comments and attitudes that allowed Hitler to rise to power and kill 10-13 million people, including Jews, homosexuals and the handicapped, among others?

    October 12, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. Igor Blascheko

    I'M NEITHER CHRISTIAN NOR JEW NOR MUSLIM.

    WHENEVER A CRISTIAN PERSON IS INSULTED BY THEIR RELIGIOUS BELEIVES THEY SIMPLY BECOME TOLERANT AND RESPECT OTHER PEOPLES BELEIVES. BUT WHENEVER SPECIALLY AN AMERICAN JEW IS CRITIZICED HE OR SHE CREATES A BIGGER DEAL ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND INMEDIATELLY MAKES REMARKS AND CALLS THE OTHER ANTI-SEMITIC.
    THEY ARE VERY INTOLERANT UNLIKE THEIR HALF BROTHERS THE MUSSLIMS
    AT THE SAME TIME JEWS CONSIDER THEMSELVES SUPERIOR AND NOMINATE THEMSELVES "THE CHOZEN PEOPLE OF GOD" JUST BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE SPECIAL AND HAVE COME UP WITH THIS 3450 YEAR OLD MARKETING SCHEME TO SEPARATE THEMSELVES FROM THE REST OF HUMANITY.
    JEWS SOMETIMES FORGET THEIR TRUE HERITAGE. JUST BECAUSE SOME COUNTRY'S GREAT INFLUENCE ALLOW THE REST OF THE WORLD TO GIVE THEM A LAND TO LIVE IN SO THEY CAN CALL IT THEIR OWN.
    TODAY'S AMERICAN JEWS SOMETIMES FORGET THAT THEY SHARE THE SAME DARK PAST AS THEIR AFROAMERICAN NATIONALS. THEY SEEM TO FORGET THAT THEY WERE SLAVES AND WERE RELEASED FROM EGIPT.
    A NEW FORM OF JEW IS NECESARY TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD AND BE TOLERANT OF OTHERS. THIS APPLY MOSTLY TO AMERICAN AND SOME WESTERN EUROPE JEWS . AS ANN COULTER REMARKS THEY NEED TO BE PERFECTED (IN THE GOOD SENSE OF THE WORD) OTHERWISE THEIR ARROGANCE WILL PASS FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION AND MANY WARS WILL HAUNT ALL OF HUMANITY UNTIL THE END OF MANKIND.
    JEWS NEED TO LEARN FROM CHRISTIANS EVEN THOUGH THEY STILL THINK THAT EATING PORK IS A SIN BUT KILLING THEIR HALF BROTHERS IS NOT.

    October 12, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. Tawnyia, Tampa FL

    What an oxymoron – "They're Christian. They're tolerant." Tolerant of what – everyone who looks, thinks, acts, and believes just as they do?

    October 12, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. Larry Smith Newport News Va

    Reminds us why Jefferson and the other founding fathers greatness is in part due to pressing for separation of church and state. More havic in history has happened as a result of instatutionalizing the prejedices of religion into law. Coulter needs tomove to the middle east where she (or her male counterpart) can take part in executing (sic) these policies.

    October 12, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  6. Jeff, Atlanta GA

    “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” - Sinclair Lewis

    October 12, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. Louise, Brooklyn NY

    Didn't she say in regards to her view of the ideal America "People were happy...They're tolerant...." Wow. Contradicting herself within two interview questions. Thats absurd...even for Ann.

    October 12, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Kris, Charleston, SC

    Don't let this woman fool you. She knows exactly what she is doing and saying. Yes, she is far too educated and worldly to be such a bigot. However, her ridiculous statements are what keep her in the news, and she knows it. This is nothing more than someone screaming, "Look at me! Look at me!"

    October 12, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  9. Pat Carpenter, Haines City Florida

    This woman is a blithering idiot. She may be educated, someone ought to check out her credentials, but she lacks common decency and common sense. To have her even associated with the republican party is dumber than dog dodo. Her and Craig should be on the same rocket sled out of here.

    October 12, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  10. Dean D

    Anne Coulter has gone too far with her extremely biased and myopic views. It's one thing to have these views, which are pathetic and narrow-minded, but to be given a stage to broadcast them is inexcusable. I feel she has earned herself an early retirement from public exposure. I am deeply offended by her anti-Jewish rant.

    October 12, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. Melissa, Charlotte NC

    I'm disgusted by this woman and her stupid comments. If she was truly a "good Christian" then she wouldn't spew such hatred and bigotry....she's a hypocrite.

    October 12, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. Steve, Kalamazoo, MI

    Ann Coulter is america's answer to Mahoud Ahmadinejad and Osama Bin Laden.

    October 12, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  13. Michael

    Is Ann Coulter a man?

    October 12, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  14. RW Cincinnati OH

    If a liberal said anything so small-minded and outrageous, the conservatives would FLIP out. Conservatives are hipocrits...period!

    October 12, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  15. Randall Riley, Austin, TX

    Ann Coulter is a non-thinking nobody who has been able to regurgitate hate and stupidity, which gives her the press coverage to fuel more hate and stupidity. Please, quit airing her comments and she'll go away.

    October 12, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  16. K, Little Rock

    Several comments regarding Ann's high intelligence. Too bad she doesn't use it for serious discourse. Instead she cynically panders to a segment of the population unable to think for themselves.

    October 12, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  17. Kevin, Nashville TN

    This woman is too much, she is a bigot and a racist. People tolerated her when she put down gays (my people), but now she puts down jews and everyone is finally seeing how much of a bigot she really is. I have been telling you people. Don't listen.. She is a hate monger and she does not represent the Christian church I belong to. No Christian would act like that. Why do people keep supporting this hateful witch?

    October 12, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  18. Brannon Balsley, Durham, North Carolina

    I heard the full interview this morning on my local talk radio station. I have to say that this is probably the most bigoted view of religion I've ever heard. I find that her willingness to use a Seinfeld episode to back up her "fact" suggests that she has no knowledge of what she was speaking.

    I was very glad to hear Deutsch stand up to her and call her out for what she is. I also loved that she set herself up and he simply allowed her to do so.

    October 12, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  19. Nikki, Sarasota, FL

    Hell for Ann Coulter would be heaven for most people.

    October 12, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  20. Sally, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Educated? HA!
    Intelligent? HA!
    It is to laugh - all Ann Coulter has to do is open her mouth and anyone with working braincells knows that she is anything BUT intelligent.

    WHY is Ann Coulter still being shown on the news and in papers? To repeat: she's an offensive, ignorant, intolerant *insert noun of choice*.

    Given the way certain members of her conservative group behave and believe and try to portray themselves as "mainstream America," I would just like the rest of the world to know that the rest of the USA are not goose-stepping brownshirts. We do NOT adhere to Coulter and her group's warped views.

    October 12, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  21. Miami

    Anyone who says her words have no meaning are full of crap. it is that kind of BS that perpetuates stupid people in this world.

    She might not believe it, but there are a whole lot of people far less intelligent that grab on to that kind of garbage and apply it to their lives.

    That is why my former boss would say things like Jew Down the vendor, people ask where our horns are, etc.

    Overly religious people of any religioun are ridiculous, and the cause of many of the worlds problems Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc.).She can go take a flying leap.. Lets look at all teh good christians in teh republican party... Oh yeah.. They are a hining example of a PERFECT relegion... YEAH RIGHT!

    Just cause you say you are relgious does not mean you get to touch little boys, try and fool around with people in bathrooms, steal money, etc. etc. etc.

    What a freaking tool..

    October 12, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  22. Jess, New Orleans, La

    man... I can't stand it when some loud-mouthed blowhard decides to speak up about what he/she believes my religion-and that of millions of others- to be. I'm a liberal and a Christian...and Falwell, the Consevative Right, and Coulter may be some of the worst representations of my religion, yet.

    October 12, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  23. Sean S., DC

    This woman is crazy.

    October 12, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  24. Jennifer Chenault, East Lansing, Michigan

    I understand that brainless people often times want attention and publicity but this has got to stop. Ann Coulter is an embarrassment to this country and she must learn to keep her mouth closed. She has NOTHING positive to say and each and every time she opens her mouth, she hurts people and divides humans. It is incredible that she is STILL on television.
    Please stop reporting about her. Please stop replaying her hateful rhetoric about people who have different beliefs than her. She is unbelievable!!!!! Why must she always take entire groups of people and put them down? Can't she articulate her views without being a racist, ethnocentric bigot?

    October 12, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  25. leah, buffalo, ny

    It's people like her that make me hate harcore Christians.

    October 12, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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