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. Julie, Richland, WA

    Ann Coulter certainly doesn't belong on the news or television. She hates liberals and jews and blames them for everything wrong with the world. She would fit right in with the nazis and KKK (AKA The Christian knights of the ku klux klan). They also think Jews need to be "perfected" and that the world would be better if everyone was christian.

    October 11, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Benjamin Kweskin

    I think what she said is similar to what Don Imus said about black women. She should be treated in kind, and booted off the air. There is no reason why this should be handled differently. Although people may say Jews are overreacting–no one said that to Al Sharpton, et. al.

    October 11, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Ed in WV

    Deutsch may be right about her being too educated to really believe this crap, but her readers clearly are not at all educated. It's irresponsible to profit financially by preying on the ignorance of her readers.

    October 11, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Bob Canning, Petaluma, CA

    Ah, America's sweetheart, speaks yet again. See, Britney Spears, keep drinking and drugging out and you too can become another Ann Coulter.

    October 11, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Rabbi Dr. Larry Denmark,Ft.Collins,CO

    This is no minor matter.Imagine if a noted Jewish pundit opined that Christians were polytheists whose love for the cross was idolatry.Not ok!Actually the Jewish wish is that followers of other religions just do a good job at their righteous pursuits.

    October 11, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    to jon, from sacramento. this has notrhing to do with being liberal or conservative, its about having a sense of decency. Judging any other religion by the standards of one's own religion is absurd. Every adherent to any religion believes that they are the "chosen". But its okay...just go politicize the issue.

    October 11, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. John, Sparta,NJ

    She is clearly using antisemitism to foster her cause(herself). Putting that aside, it sounds like she attended the George Bush school of impromptu public speaking.

    October 11, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Chris, Monaca PA

    Hi Jon,

    As a christian and conservative I can't help but be embarrassed by Ms. Coulter's statements. Not only are they theologically wrong (we are not 'perfected Jews'. A common foundation does not mean there is continuity, for example, I wouldn't go around calling Martin Luther a 'perfected catholic') but they are unchristian and contrary to the best of Christ's teachings.

    Ms. Coulter is, sadly enough, as far as you can get from the roots and message of Jesus as you can get. Christ did not demand worldy power, He did not spurn people, He did not preach hatred, nor does "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's" mean Christians should immerse themselves in the tawdriness of the temporal world.

    I'll pray that some day she might find the Truth that is the Word of God but she seems a long way from there.

    October 11, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  9. Conrad Gaunt, Chowchilla, CA

    Al Franken said it best..."Ann Coulter: Nut Case," (Franken,Al: Lies and the Lying Liars Who tael Them: Page 5).

    October 11, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Phil - Conservative Cincinnati, Ohio

    The fake want-to-be blonde is back. Check the roots out in the photo. They are far from perfected.

    Ann is living proof that you can be highly educated and highly ignorant at the same time. She like many armchair tyrants in the world breads hatred, conformity, and seeks control over people.

    If you don’t fit Ann’s narrowed minded view of what an American should be – you need to be dealt with and “perfected”.

    First your religion, then your race, then your origin, then your sexual orientation, and so forth all need to be perfected. The world has seen this before.

    Let Ann shoot her mouth off to remind us all to never let someone like herself come to power her or anywhere else in this diverse world.

    October 11, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Chicken Fried Knish - Atlanta, GA

    The Jewish "faith" does not recognize Jesus. Period. The Old Testament she pretends to revere has no record of Jesus. And nothing I have ever been taught in years of religious training recognizes Jesus as anything more than a secular character. So he is important historically, but outside Jewish pedagogy.

    I think Ann has been given the unfortunate role of playing the far-right anti-semite so that the Republicans' renewed embrace of the Evangelicals for the 2008 campaign will be less offensive and frightening for Jews, especially political conservatives and veterans (like me) who continue to desert the Republicans and join the largest group of voters in America – the undecided independents.

    October 11, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Andy, Alexandria VA

    She's not a fool; she knows full well that she only needs a small minority of the population to buy her books to ensure that she'll be a wealthy woman with a much easier lifestyle than a law firm worker bee. What is foolish, however, is the media attention she receives. How anyone can take Ann seriously - or feign offense when she says something [gasp] outrageous is beyond me.

    October 11, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  13. Brian, Jacksonville, FL

    Jon in Sacramento – You must also be a conservative shock-jock. Traditional Judaism does NOT recognize Jesus as a propet. Are you far right conservatives all this ignorant?

    Regardless of what Ann Coulter believes, this should not have been said. End of story.

    October 11, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. Susan Murrieta, CA

    Why does anybody give this ignorant loudmouth a podium from which to spew her garbage?

    October 11, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. Eric Bass

    Coulter and Limbaugh are the Britney Spears and Paris Hilton of political discourse. No matter how many sub-moronic things they say and do, the media still act like it's shocking news when they say and do them. The only thing shocking about it to me is that anybody cares.

    P.S. – As a dose of reality, keep in mind that this is an argument about which of two books written by people who lived thousands of years before the invention of toilet paper, contains the one true knowledge of the fundamental nature of existence. To quote the great philosopher king, Dr. Evil:


    October 11, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. george, crawford, ga

    I say just send her to Afganistan, and let us Christians that worship the true Christ wash our hands, but I think she would just blend in too comfortably with the Taliban.

    October 11, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. Bud, Sequim WA

    If she says that, I myself am offended to call myself a christian.

    October 11, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Michael, Portage, Mi

    What a sick human being. Ms. Coulter epitomizes what is wrong with this country. Those who sow the seeds of division, hatred and intolerance are pure evil.

    October 11, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Yeshua Ben Yosef, Fremont California

    Ann, Christ Jew are right. Jew are one crazy lady, but Jew are right. You are so right, Jew couldn't be wrong. Jew know what I think. I think Jew are Jesus in a blonde wig. What Jew think?

    October 11, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Paula, chicago Il.

    Ann Coulter is not much of a Christian as her hate filled screed like books bear witness to and is in no position to judge anyone, that's God's role. She is a "good" Chritian only in the sense that the Pharasees and Saducees of Jesus time were "good" Jews. What did Jesus say about them? "They are like a white washed seplicure filled with dead men's bones". Pretty much nails it for Anne.

    Our Lord again speaks out against people like Ann and her ilk saying that at the Resurrection many will rise and say "Lord, I did this for you and I did that for you" but the Lord will say to them "I never knew You"
    The essense of Christianity is to treat other people as you would yourself.

    What did Ann Coulter ever do for anyone but herself?

    October 11, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  21. Glenn, Tooele, UT

    Fast Track? I think she derailed! If I remember my Bible correctly, I believe God kinda liked the Jews and Jesus was one. Hmmmmm!

    October 11, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. Bob Mick, Columbus, Ohio

    Oh, and excuse my typos. I was so mad when I wrote the last post that - yes - I spell Rumsfeld and Cheney incorrectly. Whatever. Deal with it.
    You got the point though. Didn't you?

    October 11, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  23. Alan, Manitowoc WI

    Should reality be so insipid as to actually include a heaven, and Coulter finally resides there, then PLEASE give me the option to reside in the licking flames of hell as an alternative, since anyplace that accepts such a smug, self-satisfied jerk would have to be worse than one that just tortures you physically to no good eternal purpose.

    October 11, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  24. JK, Austin, TX

    Gotta love the "we understood what you said" comments by both Jason from Vineland as well as the interviewer, Deutsch.

    She defends her point of view; of course CNN cuts the comments with a nice ellipsis of [read the rest of the story] so she looks like an intolerant bigot on the main page.

    The full defense on this page ought not offend anyone. Christianity for years and years has pointed out that Judaism, for all its good, is a law-based ruleset. Christianity hinges on a couple of leaps of faith that even Judaism doesn't–that of God wanting so badly to be reconciled with man/womankind that He came to EARTH in human form.

    For Deutsch to claim to be offended is disgenuous on his part–Christians do feel that Jews get the background right, but would be happier if they accepted Christ as the WAY. As Muslims also feel Christians and Jews would be happier for accepting Allah's prophet Muh'hamed, and Buddhists ditto on the other 3 groups and Buddha.

    Alas, it's only religion...and if you're not willing to make the leap of faith, or follow the other person's argument of -their- leap of faith, just get it over with, kill them and yourself, and see who was right about it...

    October 11, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. Joe Jack, Bellingham Washington

    Why can't an individual explain their religious views without being seen as a bigot? Can’t we all just spout our superiority without question? I would love for Ann to “perfect” me...

    October 11, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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