October 12th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
12 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. Charles. Oxford, Ms

    It was better in the original German.

    October 11, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Roger, Edmond, OK

    She made the mistake of being interviewed by someone in mass media, and being able to give their opinions as truth, she did so. However, the double-edged sword of the mass media has turned again. She will be more careful next time, hopefully.

    As the sage Francis of Assisi says, what was it..."Preach the gospel if given permission, but preach by your deeds."

    October 11, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Michael J. Erickson, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

    In this country, even biggoted people like you have the right to express thier opinions and I actually am glad the anti-semite can out of the closet.
    Because any candidate you support will now be tainted with that tag. They will be easier to defeat. And I will exercise my right to boycot any company that underwrite, advertises, or in any way supports anything you do.

    October 11, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Collin, Oxford MS

    Jon in Sacremento. How could you defend a woman like Ann Coulter?! You support her anti-semetic remarks? What is wrong with you people? It's wrong for Moveon.org to critizize Petreaus, but it's ok for Rush Limbaugh to say racist comments about Barak Obama and for Michael Savage saying that liberals poisoned John Roberts. Conservatives sure like considering themselves the moral majority, but they seem to be the only one's that have sex with kids and other men or women. Ignorance and Hypocracy!

    October 11, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Kelly, Minneapolis, MN

    Are you kidding me with this. What an idiot. Regardless how one feels...why would you be so stupid to voice your opinion in such a public manner.

    October 11, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Kat, Houston, Texas

    I agree with Jonathan. Why give this nazi any attention at all, which is what she wants. We all know what she's about and she's not worth one more word, in print or elsewhere. Let's talk about something else, like going to Mars. Won't that be cool when it happens?

    October 11, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Ed Machinka-Joliet, Illinois

    Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
    A quote attributed to the Roman orator Seneca.
    Why can't Ann Coulter talk about something that effects all of us?
    And that is the toxic effects of DEPLETED URANIUM, such as that used in Bosnia and currently used in Iraq.
    Give us some news Anne, rather than your smokescreens and diversions from the "real news".
    She can complain about the Jews, however her wages are more than likely from the Jews which control the mainstream media in the U.S.

    Coulter like Savage, O'Reilly and Limbaugh are mouthpieces for the Bush Nazis.

    October 11, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. EB Rideout

    To put the word "Christianity" in the same story at this she-freak is absurd.

    Hopefully this latest spew of venom will drive a stake through the heart of this wretched woman.

    October 11, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Micki Santa Clarita CA

    "Conservative Commentator" should be changed to "Absolute Idiot"!!! Glad she's not running for office and one more reason the Republicans have not a snowball's chance in hell of winning the White House (sad to say because I'm a registered Republican).

    October 11, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Alex, Port Hueneme CA

    Not surprised at all...not one bit. Not surprised by the viewpoint NOR the audacity and arrogance to let it be shown. As long as the Rush Limbaughs and Ann Coulters of the world continue to be the loudest voices of the Republican Party, I know my place is not on the right. So I say, "good job Ann Coulter"...every now and then I start to believe the politically correct b.s. that the politically vulnerable republicans pitch in the sound bites. Keep letting the true colors shine through!

    October 11, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Michael Farber, Santa Ana, CA

    This woman represents the narrow mindedness of the Republican party and furthermore represents the intolerance and bigotedness of the many so called Christians in our country.

    October 11, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. Jopond

    There was a young man Named Goebbels who was deformed yet he spoke on perfection. His physical limitations did not hinder his diobolical mind. He was an aggitator and he said silly things like this.How similiar are these two?This woman is a side show artist.She mocks her education and becomes a shock jock.Wait she has a book out.Contrversy sells and I'm sure her shamless self promotion will generate her revune. Lets see who defends her.I must say she will look good with a little moustache and matching attire. She has the physigue already.

    October 11, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Tim, Charlotte, NC

    "Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior."

    I'm not sure where you get that from, but clearly you're not Jewish and don't know very much about Judaism. Jesus is not, in any strain of "traditional Jewish faith" of which I am aware, a prophet, much less a savior. He's a guy...whose followers tend, every so often, to go off the deep end...

    October 11, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Patrick, New York, NY

    WHAT A BIGOT!!!!

    October 11, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Pat, Salem VA

    She's sooooo predictable. Every time she's hawking one of her books she ends up on someone's talk show and spews her garbage. Insignificant is her middle name!!

    October 11, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Elizabeth, Minneapolis MN

    It's good that she was so honest. Who needs a bunch of Christians lying about their faith? Christians love Jews? No way. They only Jews when they are "perfected." Ms. Coulter should realize, though, that her agent is probably Jewish. Her publisher and editor, her lawyer and doctor are probably all Jewish.

    October 11, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Katherine

    Coulter was educated as a lawyer at a reputable school. No good lawyer could ever win a case with such overly simplified, black and white views. Her entire persona is for publicity, and the fact that we care at all shows she's succeeding. Be amused and move on.

    October 11, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Bob Long Beach, CA.

    I hope this will finally make her go away, far far away into her own "perfect" little world. Please.

    October 11, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Jordan, Philadelphia, PA

    Ann has the right to say what she believes. We, reasonable thinking individuals must now press any organization that allows her a platform to be held accountable. Her statement must now be scrutinized.

    October 11, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. Ivan Syracuse, NY

    Please STOP giving her time on TV – before you know it her book sales would drop; she does NOT deserve to be heard; there is nothing CONTROVERSIAL about what she says – because it makes no sense whatsoever, and YES she knows it and exploits it. IGNORE Ann Coulter – that's the only way we can get rid of her offensive preposterous discourse which, unfortunately, does influence a lot of people in this nation.

    October 11, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Ivan Weston, florida

    Why do shows have Coulter on at all.

    She contributes nothing to any issue outside of outrageous statements.

    October 11, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Mark B., Alameda, CA

    "Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior."

    I was raised Jewish in Tulsa, Oklahoma and there is absolutely no truth to this. Some Jewish people use this "Jesus was a prophet but not the messiah" line when pressed on the subject, but Jewish faith specifically does NOT recognize Jesus as a prophet, wise-man, holy-person or anything like that. He is specifically known as a "false" prophet. There is not one Jew living on the earth that agrees with the idea that Christians are perfected Jews, and there isn't one who wouldn't be deeply offended by this idea.

    Is it such a large step from "oh, we're just perfected versions of you" to "oh, you're just ignorant and imperfect versions of us" to "we need to wipe the heretics off the map?" Maybe it sounds ridiculous but if history has anything to teach us this is what humans do to each other. I 100% garuantee when someone like Coulter talks this kind of BS every Jew in the room makes eye contact.

    Anyway, it's pretty depressing when Coulter rehashes centuries old bigotry and intolerance on national TV, says, "you're not supposed to be offended by this" and then some schmuck like Jon from Sacramento performs mental gymnastics to make it the fault of liberals for calling her on it. He has obviously have swallowed her propaganda 100%. My suggestion is to turn off Rush Limbaugh and think for yourself at least one day a week.

    October 11, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Dan Grand Rapids, MI

    I couldn't agree with the posted comments more. When she would run out of hateful rhetoric, Ms. Coulter seems like she would set herself on fire for air time. Where are the tolerant Christians that ought to be out condemning this hate? Let's stop buying her crap, and hopefully her market will dry up!

    October 11, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Jorge Martínez Castañeda, Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México

    Commentator Ann Coulter, in an interview with Donny Deutsch, is giving her real ideology, but also is trying to get fame and to sell image in media. Many times, the origins of the wars are the disputes among religions, fighting for having the absolute reason in the world and in the heaven. In my country, Mexico, the catholic religion is like a monopoly in the thinking social, but, slowly, it has been emerging more diversity and that is good for the democracy. I would like to know what´s Ann Coulter´s opinion about my religion. (Jorge. cstdster@gmail.com )

    October 11, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. BT, west hollywood,CA

    Does anybody really believe she is a Christian and is living a life which exemplifies Christ?

    October 11, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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