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. Melissa, Houston, TX

    So her stand is that Jews have to be good and go to heaven and Christians don't. She's basically saying that she likes Christianity because it's lazy Judaism.

    I loved her comment on christians being tolerant and then saying everyone should be her religion. What an idiot!

    October 12, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  2. Allen Stanley, Knoxville, Tennessee

    Deutsch, and other simpletons without a sense of humor, can profess hurt feelings all they want.
    It was not too long ago that a Jewish rabbi sued an airport to have a Christmas tree removed.
    Only in America can you visit from a foreign country and sue us for our own culture should it be offensive.
    If Deutsch can't laugh at Coulter's humorous remark that Christians are perfected Jews, then he should go back across the ocean, lest he be offended by our sense of humor and sue us for our jokes.
    What does Deutsch think of stand up comedians who poke fun and Jews and other ethnic groups?

    October 12, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  3. Someone who knows, Teaneck, NJ

    "Traditional Jewish faith recognizes Jesus as a prophet but not a savior."

    Posted By Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca : October 11, 2007 5:57 pm

    This is one more example of true ignorance. Jews don't believe that Jesus was a prophet. Jews believe that he was a man, a man who was born a Jew and died Jew. Nothing more and nothing less.

    October 12, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  4. In this world but not of this world

    I don't think she is saying Jewish people are bad or less perfect than Christian people, she did choose the wrong way to say what she meant. She should have said Jesus Christ who I believe lives in me because He died for my sins & that is what some Jewish people are missing in their faith. Christians believe having accepted Christ as the Messiah, Savior is the only way to Heaven. Christ did say "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6) You may want to interview a Jew for Jesus on this subject.

    October 12, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. Murray Kempe, Lisle IL

    Even the educated can have hatred and evil in their hearts and minds, Coulter is a perfect example.

    October 12, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  6. Bob, Denver, CO

    It's good to see our sweet little Ann of Green Goebbels living up to expectations. I'd hate to see her quoted saying something even-handed and rational.

    October 12, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  7. Paul Rozelle, Oregon

    Whether she's saying this nonsense for the purpose of drawing attention to herself, or whether she actually believes this stuff and is so tone deaf as to spout these insensitivities in public, does it really matter? Either way, she's a fool with a very poor understanding and appreciation for the greatness of the United States, which is the diversity of our citizenry.

    October 12, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  8. Dick Dauston

    Good for Ann, Deutsch was clearly baiting her so that he could pull the old offended and victimized jew act. It's time someone stood up for the christians.

    October 12, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  9. Jon, New Orleans LA

    The woman is not stupid, just hateful. She entertains and reinforces other hateful people who want someone to vindicate their ignorance and bigotry. No wonder she's on Faux News so frequently!

    October 12, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  10. Mike, A. Orinda CA

    Ms. Coulter,

    I am So Sorry to see that you are using the power of media and the microphone for such an offensive issue. It is very easy to be confrontational, just look around. What’s difficult is to be able to heal. You have the power in your hand, and the ears of your listeners. You are well educated and I must believe that you worked hard to get where you are.

    You must be able to use your power to lead. If your comments were made for advancement of your popularity, then I am very saddened for you, and wish you to reconsider and use your ability to heal like many great leaders, and if it is your true belief, then I wish for the god that you and I believe, to help you see the beauty of being good.

    October 12, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  11. DSF, Courtenay, BC

    Ann Coulter? Didnt she and Bill O'Reilly have a love child named Tucker Carlson? No? Ahhh...right..the kids name is Lucifer..

    October 12, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  12. Paul Rozelle, Oregon

    Whether she's saying this nonsense for the purpose of drawing attention to herself, or whether she actually believes this stuff and is so tone deaf as to spout these insensitivities in public, does it really matter? Either way, she's a fool with a very poor understanding and appreciation for the greatness of the United States, which is the diversity of our citizenry.

    October 12, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  13. Jon Springfield Mo

    I find it odd, that Ann Coulter can make semi derogatory comments about Jews and their beliefs, and nothing is said. However, you let Don Imus say something somewhat offensive and the next thing you know he's being sued and forced off of the air. I get so sick of the hypocrisy that surrounds our media. Maybe we should just turn all of our media outlets over to the staunch conservatives and then there would be no other voices to listen to?

    October 12, 2007 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  14. John L. New York, New York

    I think her description of the difference between Jews and Christians is right on. She's just assuming the New Testament is true. I think she explained herself well enough. She has a right to her opinion.

    Just another example of why religion is the plague of our planet. We would be better off without any religion. No I'm not a communist. Just imagine all the people.

    October 12, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  15. ansel

    Jews do not think Jesus was a prophet. i don't know where you heard that Jon, but unless they are "Jews for Jesus", it is completely false. Jews believe Jesus existed, but do not think he was anything more than a martyr for his cause.

    October 12, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  16. Marty Long Beach CA

    Jon of Sacramento's post is wrong about Jewish beliefs. Jews do not believe Jesus was a prophet [although Muslims do]. Jews are waiting for the messiah to come the first time. Like Ms. Coulter's view of Christianity, Islam believes everyone should be muslim.
    Of course, Ms. Coulter also supports Christian prayers in school and indoctrination of all non Christians. Are Catholics proper christians to Ms. Coulter, how about 7th Day Adventists, who observe sabbath on Saturday like jewish people.
    Luckily for us Americans, there is no [Christian] prayers forced on us in public institutions. It is people like Ms. Coulter who make me ashamed to be a jewish republican

    October 12, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  17. ma

    Jesus is nothing to the Jews. he was an ordinary man like everyone else in the tribe

    October 12, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. Rachael, Washington DC

    In response to Jon's comment: Judaism does not believe that Jesus was a prophet. Traditional Jewish thought does not hold that the New Testament reveals any sort of Divine Inspiration.

    October 12, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  19. Steve, Clearwater florida

    She's insane and a bigot to boot.

    October 12, 2007 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  20. Joe, Fairfax, VA

    Wow, what an old bigoted bag of bones Ann Coulter is. You guys think she is too educated to believe the Christian Right crap that comes flowing out of her mouth, but didn't Pat Robertson and G.W. Bush go to Harvard? These people are earnestly Christian Right nutjobs who should be put to sleep lest they keep make America look like the armpit of the world.

    October 12, 2007 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  21. Aron, Fairfax, Virginia

    Just to clarify for Jon and the rest of the folks reading this, traditional Judaism does not recognize Jesus as a prophet.

    Message to Ann: You are welcome to come to synagogue any time and learn a bit more about Judaism. Some of your Republican counter-parts at shul should be able to explain to you how you really aren't helping matters and why they really don't feel a need to become "perfected" by converting. Why don't you come by at Yom Kippur? You know, the day Jewish people come together to ask for life by atoning for our sins.

    October 12, 2007 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  22. Matthew Duryea, Jacksonville, FL

    Why do networks continue to give a platform to this lady? She is one of the most ridiculous commentators of this age.

    October 12, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. evan, NYC, NY


    You are missing the point though. You are correct in all your claims– she was saying nothing about rights. But lets not pretend like she was trying to give a theology lesson. By saying that Christians are more perfect than Jews is saying there is something wrong with being Jewish. The really stupid thing though is that she is basing this off of Old/New Testament History. Her evidence is the Bible– its really ridiculous. She clearly isnt a very smart person at all. These comments aren't so much anti-semetic as they are stupid. Christians are more perfect than Jews because the people that compiled the Bible some 300 years after the death of Jesus decided to blame the Jews for his death.

    If i were Christian i would be equally offended. Does the fast track system equal selling indulgences?

    October 12, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  24. Steve, Mountain View, CA

    I'm not a fan of Ann Coulter but what she's saying is actually pretty nuanced. My opinion is that she's calling Christianity a revision, Judaism 2.0. Her message goes a little further to say that Judaism 1.0 is obsolete. Where things get sort of Nazi-ish is when she says "we just want Jews to be perfected" as if they're inferior somehow, and implying they should be changed.

    October 12, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  25. Gary Wartik, Camarillo, CA

    Having seen Coulter on a few commentaries, and then having read the Deutsch interview, one has to ask, is she really as dense and stupid as she sounds, or are we all missing something. For her to tell Deutsch that she does not want him to be offended by her remarks is the height of either stupidity or arrogance...take your pick.

    October 12, 2007 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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