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. Ray Ray, Washington, DC

    Good for her. This is not Israel. Its America. Thank God for Free Speech.

    October 11, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. Ed seattle wa

    What is next,wasps only?

    October 11, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. CoulterHasNoClue

    My father served in World War II–a war against Nazis and fascists. Does this fascist–Ann Coulter–not know about history?

    She would likely want all non-christians to be moved to some sort of camps–they were called 'concentration' camps for those like Coulter who do not understand history.

    This is a country of tolerance. This is a country of religious freedom.

    Ms. Coulter would be far more comfortable in Mussoulini's Italy, Hitler's Germany, or Stalin's Russia.

    October 11, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. allinone

    That dumb, KKK loving, psychotic, pathological woman is NO Christian or even an educated person. She must have 'slept' her way through college. The media should spend it's time on MUCH more important things than this pathetic human being who is doing nothing more than wasting air.

    October 11, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Paul, Alameda, California

    Yes, it is painfully obvious that Ann Coulter believes every hatred-filled sentence she speaks and writes. As the designated spokes-harridan for the foaming-at-the-mouth Christian Reconstructionists and Dominionists, she truly wants an America (if not a world) that is 100 per cent Christian, 100 per cent lily-white and 100 per cent Republican.

    October 11, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Eric, NY, NY

    While her remarks were offensive and intolerant I have to say that Donny should have expected her to say something like this after she stated that 9/11 widows feel that they were better off without their husbands and were profiting off of their deaths.

    October 11, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. JHumm, Lexington KY

    Honestly, it had never occurred to me that Ann Coulter considered herself a Christian, or that anyone else would. Despite knowing that George Bush considers himself a Christian, I was shocked. Whatever Christ they claim to know, it's not anyone I can recognize or remember.
    If the man we call the Christ had any idea what hatred, greed, malice and fear we exalted in his name, he'd hang himself before he returned - which won't happen anyway, and never will.

    October 11, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Joe St. Louis MO

    This is why religion is retarded. Fanaticals of every religion should be shipped to an isolated island to all live with each other and see if they can manage to get along and not manage to kill each other.

    October 11, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Damon, Louisville, KY

    Jon in Sacremento, you and Ann Coulter are the reason for the wide-held belief amongst Moderates that there is a level of elitism, xenophobia, and intolerance that keeps us from putting our belief in the Republican Party–even when we agree on many things, including faith. This is not a Liberal, Moderate, or Conservative thing–she shows for the hundreth time she's a bigoted shrew whose ideals match Hitler much more than Christ, and has twisted the intent of the Bible almost to the same extent that Muslim exteremists/terrorists have twisted the Koran. I pray that neither of you ever have any real power in this world.

    October 11, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. Greg, Swansboro, NC

    Duetsch usually interviews pop tarts since they match his intellect. What's so amazing that he was clueless about what Coulter was saying?

    October 11, 2007 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Joe St. Louis MO

    This is why religion is retarded. Fanaticals of every religion should be shipped to an isolated island to all live with each other and see if they can manage to get along and not manage to kill each other.

    October 11, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Max Denver, CO

    This piece of white trash is no more a Christian than I am the Pope. Intolerance and Hate have nothing to do with a real Christian.

    Jon of Sacramento – you belong with this WT.

    October 11, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    And you thought anti-semitism was dead in America. Guess not!!!

    October 11, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. Will, Jamaica Plain, MA

    This is what she does, she's hot, she's conservative, she's stirring up the pot. Just go check out those conservative sites, they have ads where hot models sell T-shirts with conservative slogans. She's the same thing on Fox TV.

    October 11, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. Scott, Dallas TX

    Is she really this crazy? How many more non-white, non-Christian, non-Republican, non-American, non-straight people, etc... is she going to offend? She might as well be wearing a white sheet and a pillowcase on her head.

    Why does the news media continue to give this woman a forum as though she has something intelligent and relevant to say. She's a 50 yr. old booze hound who dresses and wears her hair like a high school cheerleader. Where was she the night before that she didn't have time enough to go home and change out of her party dress before going on TV?

    October 11, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. hugh cares, chicago, IL

    I don't know what's worse....the level of seething hatred that Ann Coulter has for all non-white Christians, or the pathetic justification of her behavior by some of the previous commenters on this page. What would be your response if a Muslim said this about Christians? This isn't a conservative/liberal issue....it's a basic issue of respect for people's beliefs. Besides the only difference between Ann Coulter and the rest of the conservative Republicans in this country is her willingness to at least be upfront with her bigotry, racism and brash anti-Semitism.

    October 11, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Gil, El Paso, TX

    Have pity on her. She's lost, but doesn't know it yet. Why else would someone make such ridiculous statements. That's showbiz, I guess. If you're going to compete in this current media market, sometimes it takes some shock value to make the ratings. Cheap entertainment you can find in any dimestore comic book.

    October 11, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. KarmaPolice, Plantation, Florida

    Excuse me, but traditional Jewish belief does not consider Jesus a prophet at all.

    October 11, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  19. Rob, Mililani, HI

    You know, I normally write off everything she says, and honestly I like her a lot because she makes us Democrats look great! BUT she's really not making any of this up. She does make some good points. Christians really do feel it is their duty to "save the world" and convert anyone and everyone to Christianity because the Bible instructs them to.

    And the whole thing about Jews having to follow laws, once again I hate to admit, is true. Especially when it comes to observing the Sabbath. There are literally certain tasks that they cannot perform because it is considered work. So what do they do? Get their non-Jewish neighbor to do it for them. I know this because my brother had to deal with this.

    For once, I don't disagree with her portrayal of the facts. I don't necessarily share these views either. I'm of the opinion that religion is what is wrong with the world today.

    October 11, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. Tom G, King of Prussia, PA

    After reading those comments I'm a little surprised she didn't sneak a quick "heil Hitler" in there. What really scares me is that a lot of people actually take her seriously. I'm a Republican and I'm thoroughly embarrassed that this woman is in my party. There is no place in modern society for people who think like this. There is little doubt that she'll try to spin this and that she was "misunderstood" or "it didn't come out right", but I'd bet this is how she feels. What a disgrace.

    October 11, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Steve Orston

    The constitution failed by not including an * after the freedom of speech section that states freedom of opinion will not be tolerated if it contains ugly hurtful language. There should always be a line in the sand and crossing over should always be a no no. Coulter did and should have been asked to leave. She insulted not only Jews but any fair minded thinking human being.

    October 11, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. Sue in Michigan

    The woman is an idiot, plain and simple. I heard most of the interview (until I started to gag!) and she says the most outlandish thing s and then puts on her innocent face. She also does all interviews with her legs crossed AWAY for the interviewer-watch her sometime. This body language says she isn't even really there....what a joke!

    October 11, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. GC, Sugar Land, TX

    Unfortunately Ms. Coulter needs to go back and review her old Testament and brush up on the last chapter of the New Testament. God has a covenant with the Jews and their place in his plan for eternity is already secured by that covenant. The New Testament does not apply to the Jew. Jews must obey God's laws and the laws of Abraham in order to secure their place in eternity. The New testament simply makes room for the rest of humanity in God's eternal plan, via Jesus Christ's sacrifice. That simply gave the rest of humanity the means and choice for getting on the train, so to speak. The story is far from over, there are still a few qualifying events that have to occur before any Christians or Jews gain entry into eternity. Sadly, there is no such thing as a "fast track" to eternity for Jew or Gentile. Some true-believing souls have had to wait more than a millenium. I have to believe, given my own Bible studies, that Ms. Coulter, by way of these comments, may be seriously jeapardizing her place in the eternal waiting line.

    October 11, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. Claire, Miami, Florida

    Wow. Again she fails to surprise me. Why anyone pays attention to her is beyond me. She may be educated, but was obviously misguided somewhere in her student life. She is arrogant, and someone needs to slap her upside the head with something koshur.

    October 11, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. Alex, Rochester NY

    So the USA should turn into a theocracy? I don't care WHAT your beliefs are- you could be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Agnostic, Buddhist, Atheist- the fact that this garbage (and most interviews/books by Ann Coulter) actually passes as some form of actual political discourse is just plain disturbing... not to mention frightening. We all know she says what she says (whether it's gay-bashing, trashing the wives of soldiers in Iraq, and now hating Jews) for the attention... but the fact that she continues to get signed on to speak at political conventions and talk shows is mind-boggling. Then again, what do I know- the fact that she probably doesn't think she's going to burn in hell (based on her belief system) is mind-boggling to me as well!

    October 11, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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