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. Bob, Chico, CA

    In response to Jon from Sacramento: Yes, let the liberals attack her, because evidently the right-wing conservatives are too spineless or stupid to do so! Coulter is a complete idiot, a raging bigot who has never hesitated to attack, on the most specious or non-factual grounds she can contrive, Jews, liberals, moderates, homosexuals, minorities or anybody else who doesn't reflect what she considers the lily-white essence of Ann Coulter - while she consistently defends such great, loving, and compasionately conservative Americans as Jerry Falwell.
    Coulter is a disgrace as an American, as well as a hate-driven menace, which most sober-minded people know, but every once in a while some moron comes along who feels compelled to defend her by trying to pretend that she's just a "media personality" and you can't take her too seriously. Well, she certainly takes herself seriously, so it's a mistake for others not to. After all, how many chances did Deutsch give her to climb out of that hole she dug for herself? She stuck to her position, as she usually does, so there's no sense in implying it was all just in fun.
    The kind of venom she spews would be considered indefensible and an affront to Aemrican values to any right-minded conservative if Coulter was a liberal mouthpiece. Then again, if she was a liberal we would never hear this kind of anti-Semitic, neo-Third Reich nonsense from her, nor would we have people come to her defense. And look, there are plenty of conservatives who are repelled by Coulter. Maybe it's just the right-wingers, the ones who hang her picture on their walls and buy all her works of fiction, who can't free themselves from her cult of personality. After all, It wasn't just wacky German fanatics who embraced National Socialism and all its lethal silliness in the 1930's. We had a (fortunately very small) American Nazi Party here, too.

    October 11, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Al, Philadelphia, PA

    I'm not sure what everyone is so upset about. I'm Jewish, but I know that from her Christian perspective, she is correct. That is simply what Christians believe. That's not a negative statement about Christians, it's simply true. People of other religions do not have to believe that, but it's what Christians believe, so why get so upset over it?

    October 11, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Mickey , Los Angeles, Ca.

    Ann Coulter is demented, why she is given air time is beyond me. She does more harm to white Americans than a 1000 men with guns. I can fully understand why the conservatives find her amusing, but not amusing enough to marry. going home to Ann Coulter would be like owning rhinestones.

    October 11, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Peter, San Francisco, CA

    I love Dan Coulter! He has such a sexy little adams apple.

    October 11, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Rich, Miami, FL

    It's great that in this country we can listen to all points of view...even those that are so outrageous and ignorant that they make our skin crawl.
    In her dream world she can be the leader of the next great "american inquisition".
    Maybe she should go get evaluated and spend some time where she'd do some good...like foot painting in a rubber room in a straight jacket. What a loser!

    October 11, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Geetz Romo, Placerville, CA

    Isn't she just expressing Christian belief – that everyone who is not a Christian has it wrong and can't enjoy eternal life unless they get the right religion. This of course is the same premise of Islam, and it's why religion has always been more divisive than unifying. The only way it can unify is by bringing in everyone to their way of thinking.

    October 11, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Jack Tripper

    Having an education does not make you smart. Plenty of stupid people graduate every year.

    October 11, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. ED Anghel, Farmingdale, NY

    WE all have become too sensitive – jews, christians, muslims, etc. – get off your "white horse". Non of us is realy practicing our religion but we get ofended (and defensive) if our actions are questioned. In minetime WE LOST OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
    Ann has the right to express her feelings and some times she is right – and usual when she is – peoaples react (being ofended for example).
    Aniway – lets start puting in practice our beliefs – and maybe then – things will get better in this mesed up world.

    October 11, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  9. Lou - Manchester, CT

    Quiet bluntly, Ann Coulter is an intolerant boob.

    October 11, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |

    Illegal south Americans – GET OUT!
    Our ancesters did things LEGALLY..
    what is your problem with doing things


    You become American, Welcome!

    October 11, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Jack Paulden


    October 11, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Scott Johnson, South Elgin IL

    Coulter is a perfect example of so much that is wrong with this country – high visibility media freaks that are polarizing, self-righteous and non-appologetic. What ever happened to people just being respectful of each other?

    October 11, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Kirk Loe, Greenwich, NY

    I agree completely. Ann Coulter says all of these provocative statements as fodder for her book publicity. She's the Perfected Capitalist.

    October 11, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Devendra

    she is desperate for publicity..if everyone ignores her, she'll come back to reality

    October 11, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. Sirocco

    She's not being intolerant. She's expressing a dumbded down logic, but in a way she is, as usual, right. It does sound a little off the wall the way she explains herself. She doesn't speak in the usual politically correct vernacular.

    October 11, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Ardys Otterbacher

    If that was a joke, I didn't get it. And, educated though she may be, she's got to realize there are a lot of people out here who will jump on her comments and use them, completely unironically, to get us to change – or use them as another excuse to bash us. Shame on her.

    October 11, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. geoff, Salisbury, CT

    Her job is to float trial balloons for the ultra right. She makes lots of outrageous statements. This is just one of many.

    In this case, the ultra right is testing the waters to see if it is time yet for an active campaign of antisemitism.

    I'm a Christian and I can see this. Why can't others?

    October 11, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Tim; Raeford, NC

    I'm not even Jewish and I'm greatly offended by Coulter's outlandish remarks. This is the same type of zealous remark one would expect from Osama bin Ladin regarding Islam. It's no wonder to me why so many nations hate America. We're a huge threat to their culture, religions, and traditions. That threat is only heightened when morons like Coulter spew their verbal diarrhea.

    October 11, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Rod Jackson, Warrensburg, MO

    It never ceases to amaze me what the conservatives will believe. Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the conservative talking heads can say what ever they want and their listeners will believe it. It's pretty scary that so many people actually beleive what these people are espousing.

    October 11, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    What a waste! All of you are mislead and have been lied too for the past thousand years about the Messiah and his mission. I don't blame you all, I mean, to be a "Christian" nation it sure looks to me like America's judgement has arrived in the form of drought, war, homosexuality, pestilence (aids), looming financial doom next week, slavery (former slaves are your true Hebrews...see Genesis 15:13-14 & black people's 400 years in America is ending as America is dying/judged). Brace yourselves!

    October 11, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Jacqueline, Andover, MA

    I am Christian. I am a woman. I'm a registered Independent. There is NOTHING about Ann Coulter that's worth listening to. Can you and the other media entites simply stop covering her, please? She's gross. It's embarrassing (to the media, not me) that she gets any press at all because she is unkind, unwavering, and (sorry, Ann) unattractive!

    October 11, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Randall Dobbins, Houston, TX

    Jews continue to wait for the Messiah. When he comes he will perfect them into right standing with God. Christians believe that Jesus was/is the Messiah and as such have been perfected to right standing with God. Jews, Muslims and Christians all believe in the Messiah as the fulfillment of prophecy. The argument is whether Jesus was/is him. Coulter got it right although she said it the wrong way.

    October 11, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Jeffrey Spector, Los Angeles, CA

    Perhaps Columbia University will invite Ms.Coulter to speak in light of these comments.

    October 11, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. Katie, Palatine, IL

    I'm not angry at this stupid woman, I'm furious at the Republican candidates for not refuting her words.

    This only shows the anti-semitism of the Republican party.

    October 11, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Jacqueline, KCMO

    I entirely agree with Jon on this. I certainly don't buy into any religious doctrine, but she's right. Part of Christianity is spreading the "good news" and wanting salvations for all others through the path of Christianity.

    October 11, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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