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. Eric, Seattle WA

    You know what? Major news programs don't invite David Duke on their shows anymore. You know why? Because he's a bigoted piece of human filth. Yet, news shows keep inviting Anne here to give her "conservative commentary" on the air, but all it does is empower her to spew this type of crap and continue to garner attention.

    So, I'm going to give a suggestion to the news media: STOP LISTENING TO ANNE COULTER and STOP INVITING HER ON YOUR SHOWS. It gets nothing accomplished except filler her personal coffers.

    October 11, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. alia,ny

    I think world will do just fine if people like her were taken out and placed on some distant planet.

    she is a threat to world peace.

    October 11, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. DIAF-Ann, Palm Springs, CA

    What a douche nozzle. I would love to see her bear the child of Rush Limbaugh, resulting in the anti-christ her religion believes in.

    October 11, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Chief, Tiffin, Ohio

    Ann who??

    October 11, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. Don Parnell, Navarre Florida

    If Ann is a Christain I'm converting!!!

    Jesus didn't condem any one. He loved and forgave everyone. He healed the sick and fed the poor.He was jewish. His radical ministry of love was condemed by the the goverment and the church.

    With that in mind how can Ann call herself Christian? Or even dare breach His command to "judge not lest ye be judged"? It's a sad day for those who really belive.

    October 11, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Robyn, Columbia SC

    believe a lot of Americans think they are Christian because they are simply Americans, but being a Christian means so much more. Jesus spoke about love more than anything else and for the "christians" like Ann Coulter who spew hatred, intolerance, and impatience I don't count myself in their ranks. Those are the same "christians" burning flags and joining hate groups like the KKK.

    Jesus also said that Christians (or His followers) are known by their fruit. The fruits (characteristics) are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. It is obvious to any person with half a brain that Ms. Coulter does not exemplify any of these character traits, so it is almost impossible for her to claim she is really a follower of Jesus. I think she will prefer to be a follower and worshiper of America- not of Jesus.

    October 11, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Kate, Billings MT

    Just because someone is educated doesn't mean they're knowledgeable or have any common sense.

    October 11, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  8. my911call, Wilmington, NC

    ..."Coulter said it would look like the Republican National Convention in 2004"...
    This is a case of "Alice in Wonderland". She is a perfect poster child for the Republican Party!

    October 11, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Mark Thorsell, San Ramon, CA

    Her comments are even more insane and more disconnected than her oxycontin addicted mentor Rush-Boy Limburger. Hate is Hate. And she calls herself a Christian! She is as poisoned and full of hate as the Muslims she condemns.

    October 11, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. Nancy L., State College, PA

    It seems to me that anyone who attempts to follow Christ's example will actually find it quite difficult; it is anything but a "fast track." One could start, for instance, with the part about humility, then move on to the part about "judge not, lest ye be judged," then give away what was most valuable...shall I go on?

    The characterization of Judaism, a tradition of skepticism and debate if there ever was one, as one of "obedience" is also nothing short of breathtaking.

    October 11, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. joe cano

    Not suprised to see the response from the Christain Coulter defender. Obviously this person converses with Coulter all the time because he has given us all a explanation on what she really meant. By the way the word 'liberal' reflect liberal in thought and open to new ideas. Liberals don't have to attack Christians in this country, they do a great job of doing stupid things that entertain all the time. Oral Robert University Scandal, Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggert and rest of the brain dead religionists. Keep up the good work, we need more entertainment. After this President is gone the Christian Rights will be ignored by the rest of the country. Start your own party. The Nazi Swastica is not being used right now, so that can be the standard bearer for American Chistian Party. I welcome the attacks, but make sure you use spellcheck (if you know what that is) for all you home schooled folks.

    October 11, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Brian, Atlanta, GA

    Hitler would have loved to have such a front "man". I can imagine her smiling with glee as the "undesirables" (anyone who is not a white, christian republican) were led to the gas chamber, in her fantasy world of a "conservative" Amerika. I used to just think she was the neo-cons effort at trying to be cool, but now I think she is nothing but a dangerous, hate-filled nutcase. She just set Christianity back by a few thousand years.

    October 11, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Sebastian, Corona, CA

    Ann Coulter has demonstrated herself (again!) to be a crass, boorish disgrace. Her education did not enlighten her; it merely provided her ammunition for her offensive, headline-grabbing, verbal-vomit she spews into the world. Let's all ignore her...with luck, she'll disappear!

    October 11, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. The Spokesman Richmond, KY

    Goes to show you, more ingnorance being spouted by stars. You would think that they would be smarter than that by now.

    October 11, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. Gina B San Antonio, TX

    Okay, let's face it, she is completely nuts. I believe in America, our constitution and her right to ramble, but she is NUTS! What a sad day for Republicans.

    October 11, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. A2

    Bill Maher says worse things than this every day. A professor of mine, who is Jewish, once joked that "A Methodist is a Baptist with shoes. A Presbyterian is a Methodist who has been to college. An Episcopalian is a Presbyterian who is living off his investments."

    I, a goy, thought it was quite funny. Lighten up.

    October 11, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Matt, St. Louis, MO

    She's a hateful human being and is so utterly irrelevant beyond these little spats of bigotry. Rather than going down in the history books as someone who made a positive difference in our world, she won't even be mentioned.

    October 11, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. John, Limerick, Ireland

    Ann Coulter is a disgrace to the United States and the Republican party should condemn her. Her views are seen throughout the world as the same as the Republican Parties and people wonder why the United States is hated by an ever growing number. Its because the views of Ann Coulter and her like are dissappated throughout the Internet for all the world to see. She is a disgusting representation of the republican ideology and if the Republicans wish to remain in power they should put a muzzle on her.

    October 11, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Susan Medin, Magalia, California

    Your display of judgment, whether imperfect or not, Christian or not, screams a lack of knowledge of the Old Testament. Remember, the Ten Commandments are listed there.
    Susan Medin

    October 11, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. Eliyahu, Teaneck, NJ

    To Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca : October 11, 2007 5:57 pm
    Traditional Jewish faith does not treat Jesus as a prophet. He is just treated as a normal Jew who obtained followers.

    October 11, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Lance M. Western KY

    Surprise! The crazy woman said something craaaazy.
    Is anyone listening anymore?

    I'd rather have CNN waste my time with Anna Nicole articles than this lunatic.

    They both has the same amount to contribute to society...and yes I understand that one is not a alive.

    October 11, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. andre nicolai, ouston, texas

    If she skips the whole Christian thing and she had said that the West would be better off going back to its Greco-Roman roots (Stoics, Hepicureans, etc..) waving good-bye the hoax of "divine-revelations" religions(Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Mormonism, etc...) I may start liking Anne.

    The Old Testament is Jewish mythopoesis and the New Testament is the Osiris/Dionysos myths retold by the Jewish Saul aka Paul.

    October 11, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Steve, Corvallis, OR

    Why can't she leave non-Christians alone? Why does she make their religion her business? She seems to have forgotten the Golden Rule or is too politically motivated to follow it.

    October 11, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. Chris, Sacramento, CA

    It's been a couple months since she's been in the headlines for saying something crass. This is how she keeps her name out there.

    Sad, but effective. Intelligence and ignorance can be measured in different ways. She may be educated and calculating, but that doesn't mean she isn't catastrophically ignorant.

    October 11, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. Matt, Athens GA

    I thought commentators were supposed to make outlandish comments to get people to listen to them. Isn't that how they make a living? Especially Coulter, I mean, she thrives off of targeting liberals and making them angry. Don Imus, he's supposed to make comments that draw criticism. They should only get 'fired' if people stop listening to them, regardless of what stupid things they say.

    October 11, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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