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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soundoff (2,797 Responses)
  1. Dave, Boston, MA

    Congratulations Ann Coulter on temporarily staving off obscurity. You got yourself a headline!

    October 11, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Adam, Berkeley, CA

    I'm pretty sure traditional Jewish faith sees Jesus as a man, nothing more.

    October 11, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Brian, OKC, OK

    What an idiot!! Her bigotry is showing. What a hateful, intolerant comment. It makes me proud to be an Atheist.

    October 11, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I thought Ann Coulter had already been black listed from one of her previous outrageous comments. Maybe she missed her doctor's appointment.

    October 11, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Brian

    She's just trying to sell more books. The more ridiculous things she says == the more headlines she gets == the more books she sells. Its all big media lining their own pockets.

    October 11, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Irving, TX

    Give me a break. Ann Coutler is unhappy or she would not be the way she is.....HATEFUL towards everyone.
    She needs HELP.

    October 11, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. laurinda,ny

    Everyone I know can't stand her. She is just like a Republican. A big mouthed, arrogant know it all.

    October 11, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. JohnM

    Wow, she's an anti-semite, as well. I don't know if it's possible for universities to revoke degrees, but in her case they should make an exception. She is a vapid, neo-nazi and suits the neocon right wing just perfectly. What a waste of human tissue.

    October 11, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    female Hitler

    October 11, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. Jay Carr, Portland, ME

    Why do TV talk shows keep giving her a forum to spout this hatred, than act surprised when she does?

    October 11, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Mike Dallas, TX

    I like blonds, however, she gives blonds a bad name.

    October 11, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    She thinks Republicans are "tolerant" but wants everyone to be Christian?
    Does her hateful and disgusting rhetoric represent Christianity?
    That must be one of the reasons I'm a Humanist (I care about humanity, and not the dominant superstition that was taught to me).

    October 11, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Kobline, Long Island, NY

    I still am hot for her. Try as she might to turn me off with the nazi stuff, I still dig her heavy.

    October 11, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. James, Miami, Florida

    Coulter is a disgusting example of a human being. How can you possibly degrade everyone else in the country for not following the same ,unjustifiable, beliefs that you follow. As an atheist, I can confidently make the statement that all religious belief is unjustifiable from an outsider perspective. Because it is. In fact, I conceded that even when I was Catholic. You may find "personal" reasons to justify it. But those are "personal" reasons. And they would never hold up, say, under scientific inquiry, or in a court of law.

    Yet, I fully appreciate everyone's right to believe what they choose. I would never make the claim that everyone should be atheists. Imagine how boring that would be. This lady needs to buy a clue.

    I would support the Islamo-Facism Awareness Week that hosts speakers like Robert Spencer if it wasn't for nut bags like this lady jumping on as one of their main speakers. It doesn't even matter if she's right on one topic, when you see how little respect she gives to those who hold beliefs different from hers. I think it is disgraceful that she is even provided a medium to spew her hate filled propaganda.

    October 11, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Jason, Biloxi MS

    What a whacko. And to the poster previously who stated that Jews view Jesus as a prophet, you're almost as misinformed as Ms. Coulter.

    So Ann Coulter is a racist, bigot. What's new? The Republican party has to have a voice of its conscience, right?

    October 11, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Paul Mucci, Sebastian, FL

    When are they going to get this nut case off the air? If any other person in America had made the kind of anti-semetic or anti-gay comments she has made in the past, they not only would be off the air, they'd be without a future job.

    I consider myself a Christian, and I vote Republican from time to time, but Ann Coulter certainly DOES NOT speak for me. Do us all a favor, Ann, and change the "we" portion of your idiotic diatribes to "I" or "me". You speak for NO ONE but yourself when you spew garbage like that.

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Brian, Houston, TX

    No Jon, she wasn't saying anything offensive like, say, that Jews should abandon their religion to make life for Christians more convenient.

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Paul, Berkeley, CA

    uhh..Jon, traditional Jewish faith does not recognize Jesus a prophet.

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Sam Grubb, Salem, OR

    Is that an adams apple?

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. David G.; Richmond, VA

    This women makes her living pandering to the right wingers and ultra-religious groups who think Christianity is the only way.

    It is not a surprise that she is trying to stoke the fire with a comment that mirrors white supremacist rallies.

    I hate to break it to Ann, but everybody's S*&@ stinks.

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Jan Samuel

    Will someone please, please stop giving this bigot Coulter air time? How sad that the Republican party sees her as a spokesperson for their cause(s). All that's missing is the white hood and robe. Sincerely, Jan

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Amar, Milwaukee, WI

    The fact she says she's sorry is what surprised me...

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Robert, Shelton CT

    All hail facist Nazi Coulter...the aryan who hates the Jews.

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Christina M., Springfield, OH

    This lady needs publicity and attention all the time by talking all absurd things. She calls herself a strong republican. But, she is too extreme for republicans to handle. If they follow her, their party is doomed.

    October 11, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. Jon, Ashland, OR

    I think there must have been mercury in the water where Coulter grew up...or rather, was hatched. She is a waste of oxygen. Why would anyone give her airtime?

    October 11, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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