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. Jeff

    Ann the Mann strikes out again.

    October 11, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. Rory Mc Donald, Camarillo, CA

    Has Ann Coulter ever said anything that didnt offend?
    In her ideal of the USA, we would all be right wing Christian fundamentalists, and probably racists to boot. Being a Christian, I am offended she thinks that only Christians should be Americans. I dont think that is the view of most Christians in America. I pray we are much more tolerant and respectful of the freedom of religion in this country.

    October 11, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Robert Yates, Columbus, Ohio

    This exchange goes beyond Coulter's typical insensitive and uninformed blabber to a whole new level of self-contradiction. Coulter's comments don't even make sense: At one point, she states that [Christians] are perfected Christians - how does that make any sense whatsoever. This is a classic example of how Coulter has to make outlandish (if completely nonsensical) comments to maintain any spotlight in American political/social commentary scene. And it is another classic example of the Republican perversion of Christianity.

    October 11, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Sarah, Kansas City MO

    Wouldn't it be great if everyone were christian republicans and followed the rules; it would be much easier and then we could all just get along.

    This stuff would be funny if it wasn't so scary.

    October 11, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. Kevin Stratton, Longview, TX

    She could really care less about anyone finding salvation. "Real" Christians love others. They don't spew hate and intolerance.

    Maybe conservative Christians should start "attacking" her because what she says is about as opposite from the true Christian faith as you can get. It would do as all a lot of good if she would just drop the whole Christian act.

    And if the world looked like the Republican National Convention it would be the Crusades all over again – a bunch of people claiming to be Christians while killing everyone who didn't believe the same things they did.

    October 11, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Michael Kosmin, Morgantown, PA.

    Oh, I remember where I heard Ms. Coulter's excerement before - Paris Hilton from whom she was separated at birth.

    October 11, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. jed, n.hempstead new york

    Coulter is basically a closet fascist, a supremacist, who makes her living with the constant yet tedious "us vs. them" theme, where "them" applies to sooo many different races , religions, and political parties. Divisive, evil, banal, vicious, less than worthless.

    October 11, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. becca, minneapolis, mn

    Uh, Jews don't believe Jesus was anything other than a person, if that. If Jesus was an actual historical figure Jews believe at best he was a rabbi (among many) at a time when there was enormous upheaval in how Judaism was practiced. Everything Christians currently base their faith on was based on what is followers said he did, and was written down decades later, then often mistranslated over and over.

    October 11, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Jason - Pittsburgh, PA

    First of all, Jon from Sacremento is entirely incorrect. The Jews do not consider Jesus as a prophet, and as a Jew myself, I am disgusted by what Ann Coulter said today. She deserves to be assaulted by the ADL for those comments. Germany wasn't entirely different about eighty years ago, and comments like Coulter's can result in another Holocaust. How dare her.

    October 11, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. Scy, Atlanta, GA

    Why does ANYONE put this ignorant bigoted hatemonger on the air? She is NOT intelligent. The ability to speak or structure an argument does not equate with intelligence. Her facts are almost always wrong. She is a bigoted shrew and the only ones worse are those that put her on the air.

    October 11, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. David, Austin, TX

    The company that puts on her talk show should fire her like Don Imus. This country was founded on religious freedom and protection of those not in the majority...You can't take her seriously because it is so wacko..but, why should she get away with this, and Imus can't get away with his comments. He had no right to say what he did (even though his contract permitted it), she out to be put out on the street and have her silver spoon taken away

    October 11, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. Susie, Scotch Plains, NJ

    Ms Coulter makes me want to puke.

    October 11, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. Richard, Memphis TN

    How odd that an educated and tolerant person like Mr. Deutsch would be so utterly unaware of Christian beliefs, and so offended that Ms. Coulter would dare to state them publicly.

    October 11, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Matthew, Okemos, MI

    Another day goes by and Ann Coulter says something stupid. Can't really say I'm surprised. Let her continue to defame herself, fine by me. If it weren't for Ann, Al Franken would be out of a day job.

    October 11, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. John Pittsburgh, Pa

    And, as usual, conservatives run to interpret what she said. And what a surprise, she is correct according to the conservatives.

    I am a liberal and I believe in God and I am quite confident that Ms. Coulter will answer to a higher power for all her comments.

    October 11, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    She should be fired for her derogatory comments on the Jewish race. It nice when someone just dismisses an 8000 yr. old culture. What an idiot.

    October 11, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. Bert, San Diego CA

    what? she's a Christian and she sticks by her faith. what's wrong with that? do you expect her to water-down her faith in Jesus Christ as savior?

    she's not a cafeteria-style Christian is all. I respect her consistency and authenticity as a genuine Christian.

    October 11, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. Terry Moore, Indianapolis, IN

    Rather typical fundamentalist Christian point of view isn't it? Exactly the reason we need separation of church and state.

    October 11, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  19. Joe, Sugar Grove, Illinois

    I would be happy, as should every Christian, if every person, of every background and religion became a Christian. That is the "great commission" found at the end of the gospel of Matthew.

    Jews should be aware that the Messiah would have dominion over ever nation, language people. The book of Daniel clearly states this, and also shows that Jesus is, in fact, the very same Messiah. Is it any wonder that the book of Daniel, particularly the 490 day prophecy (beginning in 457 b.c., and fulfilled with the baptism and crucifixion of Jesus, and the gospel preached to the gentiles beginning in 34 a.d.) is not popularly studied amongst Jews today?

    I was a member of a Jewish fraternity in graduate school, and I was truly the only one to keep the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, as well as, to not eat pork that was on every pizza for our events. Truly, I learned that religious Judaism and cultural Judaism are often separate things.

    October 11, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. John Rollins, IL

    the heck with Donny Deutsch "he was personally offended" so what and too bad..everyone is offended by something...get over it. One can easily make the point that Coulter's comments were idiotic, so was Deutsch.

    October 11, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. fred

    The grand daughter of Heinrich Himmler speaks again! Maybe she's developed some granulomas from sharing too many microphones with less desirable pundants. In any event, the gradual
    liquification of her brain provides entertainment and she gets paid much better than less fortunate circus freaks.

    October 11, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  22. Trevor, Fayetteville NY

    I bet she's overjoyed to be making headlines again.

    Ann Coulter must have serious self-esteem issues the way she constantly seeks attention by saying things no one would ever actually believe.

    October 11, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Anoop Desai, Rancho Santa Margarita, California

    If America would look lile 2004 Republican convention God help us all. I would pack up and move out to a foreign country where all religions are allowed. America is not the only country in the world where all religions are fairly represented in public and private sectors.
    I urge responsible news organizations like CNN and MSNBC, etc. not to give a platform to this idiot person. Why is she still there? Is it because she is a republican, a Christitan, or a blonde? If these networks value only their ratings, I feel sad for them as well. This is no longer a country I came to in 1963. This country looks more like Germany of 1930 or 1940.
    By giving a voice or a face to a hatemonger is not presenting balance of opinion. It seems none of the networks have so called "big balls" left, so as to the needful of shutting up this idiot person once and for all.
    Because I came to this country in 1963 I was exposed to great persona like JFK, MLK, Robert Kennedy, and others. America is lost amisdst hatemongers and less tolerant leaders and people in promonent positions.
    God bless us all!!!

    October 11, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |

    1. Anyone who did not see the complete interview, should keep their mouth shut.

    2. Anyone who has not heard Ann Coulter enough to understand her sense of humor, should keep their mouth shut.

    3. Anyone who does not understand the Christian faith well enough to understand what Ms. Coulter was trying to say, should keep their mouth shut.

    4. To those people who cannot keep their mouth shut – You have been suckered again. Ann Coulter always says something that can be taken out of context that "you" go crazy about. In fact, if you watch the entire interview, that is what they were talking about.

    5. I understand Ann Coulter's method. She likes to watch you go crazy. I do the same thing with cat lovers. I don't hate cats or cat lovers but it sure is easy and fun to make cat lovers go crazy by talking trash about cats.

    October 11, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  25. Kyle, Ypsilanti MI

    Ann Coulter lecturing people on Christianity and tolerance is like George W. Bush lecturing people about grammar.
    Referring to her as "educated" is like referring to Howard Stern's radio broadcasts as "fine art."

    October 11, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
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