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. Scott, Indianapolis Indiana

    Ann Coulter's recent comments on CNBC MUST NOT be allowed to get swept under the rug!

    This should start a firestorm! Those are the true colors of Republicanism and Christian conservatism! What will she/they suggest next? Book burning? Camps? Worse?

    This is a grand opportuinity to show middle America the true face of the people they have been hypnotized to march (goose-step) behind!

    October 11, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Mike, Ocala FL

    I love Ann Coulter. You can always count on her to say out loud what the Republican Party is thinking/plotting in silence. The fact is that the radical Christian right wants a theocracy in this country, and for the sake of power and money the Republican Party is willing to give it to them. Dobson and his ilk would certainly love a country with nothing but Christians (by force of law if necessary) and they will continue to work for that goal. The Christian right only "supports" Jews so far as to keep Muslims out of Jerusalem; in reality, they don't like Jews any more than they like Muslims.

    None of this is new. The Republican Party has been quietly spreading this kind of thought for decades. You can look at how the current crop of Republican candidates are tripping over their feet to show the radical Christian right just how "Christian" they are as proof.

    It's quite sad, actually. It's also time for the pragmatic moderates of both parties to cast off the lunatic extremes and get some real work done.

    October 11, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. perry, silver spring md

    I was personally offended that Donnie was offended.

    Those who yell first, always win!

    October 11, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. Nate, Omaha

    "Yeah, no,” Coulter replied.

    It's not funny, it's just sad and pathetic.

    October 11, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. mark lamantia, san diego ca.

    why does anyone pay attention to this woman? her ramblings are simply the result of years without sex.

    October 11, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. Ray Saiyed

    What's more unbelievable is people like Jon from Sacramento who think there is nothing wrong with the way she feels. If she is not a bigot than who is??

    October 11, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. Patrick, New Smyrna Beach, FL

    If one person believes it, it's delusion. If millions of people believe it, it's faith.

    Now please excuse me, it's Thursday and the moon is rising, so it's time for me to shave my toe hair into a silver cup while facing Alpha Centauri and reciting the lyrics to Yellow Submarine backwards while standing in a puddle of freshly squeezed prune juice.

    If this ritual sounds silly to you, then you just don't respect the concept of faith. There's hope for you yet!

    October 11, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Samuel Margolies, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Message to Ann Coulter:

    1. If you are on drugs, get off of them. This includes alcohol.
    2. Start eating 3 meals a day.
    3. Get some exercise.
    4. SHUT UP.

    October 11, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    This woman is an idiot,and this is just the latest in a long string of reasons why people only pay attention to her ,because she has nothing of substance to offer.

    October 11, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Patricia

    If the Media would ignore this manipulative woman, she would just crawl back under the rock from whence she came. She's using you, CNN et al. The sad thing is, she's not stupid (wrong, evil, hateful and repulsive, yes, but not stupid). She knows just what buttons to push to get her ugly mug on the news. And sell books.

    October 11, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. Lori, Beaumont, Texas

    I'd like to be behind her in the line to get into Heaven. I mean, it will be interesting to see what God thinks of her. I am guessing it isn't great.

    October 11, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    Wow, let the firestorm begin!

    I hope we can get a real bipartisan congressional condemnation with these hateful statements. Limbaugh's rant a few weeks ago pales in comparison to this "thing's" awful diatribe. I wonder if Michael Savage will condemn these statements...developing

    October 11, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. James Boyd, Dover, DE

    It is very annoying how everyone gets excited about this idiot's comments, but they keep interviewing her and giving her a stage to spout her idiocy. She plays the media like a puppet.

    October 11, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. Motty from Chicago

    Actually, having studied both faiths in some detail, I don't think she's so far off (except for the fast track comment). Jews do believe in a set of laws set out in the Torah (the first five books in the modern Christian Bible – although most Christian translations are a bit off here and there), and entering the world to come based on what kind of a life you lead. Christian that "no man passes through the kingdom of heaven except through me" (being Jesus). Jews believe that a person who did wrong should do "teshuva" (loosely translated as repentance, but the root word actual means return). Jews do not believe that teshuva comes from anyone but you yourself.
    And to correct a small mistake from Jon in Sacramento, traditional Jews do not believe Jesus was a profit... he is generally regarded as a scholar who became a heretic, or sometimes more kindly as a really nice but confused person.
    As far as I know, Christians believe that everyone needs to be saved (including Jews), but I think there is some disagreement amongst the various streams – look at the latin mass the Pope just recently re-instituted calling for the conversion of the Jews.
    Finally, as far as Ann goes. She's a sensationalist, and she will continue to be a sensationalist. Nobody honestly believes that the Republican National Convention is a model for humanity – maybe that the party is a source of good ideals, but not the be all and end all (and also not 100% Christian).

    October 11, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. micky ---queens,n.y.

    i finally found someone dumber than W. !!!!!!

    October 11, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  16. M. Francis Tampa, FL

    Why do the media trot out Ann Coulter whenever she has a new book. I can understand why her network Fox News thrusts vileness upon us – she's a GOP attack dog – but NBC,CNN,etc. Why does she command so much airtime. Aren't there more noteworthy guests who actually advance dialogue be found? Where's the diversity? This White woman gets more than her share of pub, while many like Hispanics, Blacks can hardly get their share of airtime. I guess it's all about the ratings. Boy, it's no wonder that she keeps writing best sellers. She gets all the free pub she wants. I ain't mad at her, it's the lazy media.

    October 11, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  17. Robert K Olsen, Irvine, CA

    Coulter's comment is in line with all Christian teaching. Christians desire that all humanity come to believe in Christ and that every person would be better off with Christ. Indeed, if we didn't want that, it wouldn't be much of a faith at all.

    October 11, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  18. Julie, Austin, TX

    Absolutely disgusting. What's wrong with this woman? Go listen to NOFX's song "You're Wrong". It mentions her...and definitely describes how I feel about her.

    October 11, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  19. Linda, Kansas City, MO

    Bottom line – she's an idiot, she needs masking tape over her mouth after a pacifier is in it. I'm not a Democrat or Republican but if I was Republican I would consider her an embarrassment to the party. Why should she get away with these comments? They wouldn't let most people, she's no better then Don Imus. Keep her out of the media and don't buy her stupid books.

    October 11, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  20. Meghan, Fort Worth TX

    She really is quite ignorant for being so "educated". You'd think she never took a culture-based or anthropological class in college. It really is unfathomable how someone can be so intolerant, so narrow-minded, and so selfish. I sometimes wonder if maybe she might have a few screws loose, if you know what I mean...

    October 11, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Joni Golden, Farmington Michigan

    If every Christian leader in this country does not disavow this woman and condemn these comments, and quickly, there is no hope for Christianity.

    October 11, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Ricky Hardison, Louisville, KY

    Deutsch was personally offended because Coulter had personal beliefs. That's it. Coulter believes that she is right about something (Christianity), and that's the unforgiveable sin these days. God forbid that someone believe she's right.

    If a man believes that a certain religion is the best way to bring about another's good, is it really that unloving for him to wish that all people held that view?

    October 11, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. C Tomko, Coopersburg PA

    Is this woman on something? In 2004 according to the national report on civil rights, we had stepped backwards in time on civel rights. She says as a ntion we were tolerant? Of what? There is a lot of diversity out there, race, religion, ability, gender, national origin, sexual orientation etc., and if you claim to be "tolerant" you don't get to pick and choose who is counted in your being considered tolerant. Every American is worthy or equal treatment and value, and must be represented, this is what out nation was founded on. You have the right to believe how you want to believe, and to speak what you want to speak, but don't claim to be tolerant when all you spew for that everyone must be the same. True Christians accept others for who they are.

    October 11, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  24. Tim Collins, Gaithersburg, MD

    Ann may not be eloquent in saying so, but she is correct in her theology. It amazes me that intolerant and stupid continue to get associated with Christian beliefs. Is it the Christian belief that is so offensive to some or is it the inarticulate expression of the belief? Like it or not, part of the Christian faith is sharing the gospel with all who don't know Christ – Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Aetheist alike. We don't believe in exterminating other people who don't believe like us, we believe in the conversion to faith in Christ for those who don't believe like us.

    October 11, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. Lori, Chicago, Illinois

    Why in the world are people still interviewing this woman...? She needs to become a perfected human. Ann Coulter gets press by spewing the outrageous. We need to stop gving her a platform.

    October 11, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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