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. Hugh, Baltimore, Maryland

    Chances that she believes what she says...I'd venture to guess it's well under 10%. She's a superb spin-artist who enjoys talking from either side of her mouth when pressed. Most of all, she enjoys being in the news weekly, which the young woman will likely never give up. Face time means growth for her checking accounts. Perhaps she should have been a gorge examiner during her years at Cornell (without the rope, of course!).

    She ought be recognized for being talented in rhetoric, not as a politician, which she certainly is not. Ann thrives within our culture because she represents such an extreme aberration that we can't help but click every AC link we see. After all, it took me 5 minutes to compose this response and I wasn't even agreeing with her. Mission accomplished, Ann!

    October 12, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. george, birmingham, AL

    I would like the host to use his skills and find a way to better market this acid tongued rouser. He should put together an ad campaign of a hypothetical 'product' featuring her, and test it out. The results of which should put on notice to the world if her bs really flies or sinks like like a rock.

    October 12, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. Bob Scott, Westerville, OH

    No wonder America has lost the respect of people around the world when people like Ann Coulter are given air time. There's nothing American, or Christian, about this idiot. Try reporting on real news and let her crawl back under her rock where she belongs.

    October 12, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  4. Mark R., Cleveland Ohio

    I think miss Coulter is not trying very hard to hide her NAZI tendancies. She would fit right in with the SS. HEIL miss Coulter.

    October 12, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  5. Chris, Tampa FL

    You're all crazy. There is no God, therefore all religions are wrong.

    October 12, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  6. Al Woodbridge, VA

    Wow! I want to comment, but I must drop this and search for breaking news on Britney Spears!

    October 12, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. Chris Cincinnati, Ohio

    Though I am suprised, perhaps I shouldn't be. Coulter's ignorant remarks are becoming the norm, as opposed to the exception. Maybe the world would be a better place without pompous gas bags like Ann Coulter

    October 12, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  8. Ft. Wayne, IN

    Wouldn't it be lovely if Christians could learn to articulate the Gospel. I "think" I understand what Ms. Coulter was trying to communicate. Christians believe by faith that Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, that all men are in sin and rebellion against God, God gave the Law so that we might be fully aware of God's will and men are utterly incapable of perfectly keeping God's will (Law).

    Because God is love He desires the death of no sinner, yet because He is holy and righteous all sin and rebellion must be judged. Hence He sends Christ to come in flesh and blood to pay the price for all man's sin and rebellion. It is a mangnificant exchange! Jesus recieved the penalty for our sin and rebellion and we recieved His righteousness and holiness.

    I assume Mr. Deutsch was offended by the way in which Ms. Coulter presented her beliefs, if however he is offended by the Gospel then there is not much more to be said. Of course Christianity has always believed, taught and confessed the Jesus is the only true source of life, salvation and the forgivenenss of sins. Men (regardless of race) cannot be saved by obedience to the Law. The Law crushes sinners and removes every attempt at self-justification before God. It cannot give one the power or ability to do God's will. This is what the Gospel does by faith, through God's Word and the Sacraments.

    October 12, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  9. Jane, Houston TX

    The day people quit considering Ann Coulter an "expert commentator" on anything and stop asking her questions of any nature will be a day all Americans can rejoice. And she can slither back under her rock and live there, happily squirming in the dark.

    October 12, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  10. George Fisher, Minneapolis MN

    Who the Hell would want to be identified as a "Christian" - look at Bush who claims "God" told him to run for president. Like his father, he has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. While Governor of Texas he let more prisoners be executed than any other state followed by Florida where his brother Jeb was Governor.

    What's depressing is not that some insane Republican gets so much coverage for her warped ideas, it's that so many people in this country are either stupid or very ignorant. They will believe anything including that there's a man in the sky who watches everything we do every second of the day and that everyone is going to Hell who doesn't accept Jesua as his or per "personal savior". Give me a break. Religion is big business. The Catholic church, through the Pope and Vatican, assisted the Nazis.

    The best reason not to be a "Christian" is Bush, Cheney and all those other lairs, some who have come and gone, in this utterly corrupt administration about which nothing is "Christian".

    October 12, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  11. Amanda, Blacklick, Ohio

    I think this says it best:

    "Dear God, Please save me from your good people."

    I lost a lot of respect for Coulter today and unfortunately, she doesn't even understand how she is wrong. Just another smart cookie who has been brain washed into being a deaf & blind sheep for the sake of her religion.

    It's just hurtful what she's saying.

    October 12, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  12. Janice Tallahassee, FL

    Why are people still giving this divisive, hate-mongering piece of crap airtime?

    October 12, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  13. Susan, Branford, CT

    When you put bad stuff out, bad stuff comes back to you. She will pay for gaining fame and money by being offensive. I can't wait to see what her payment will be. Stay tuned.

    October 12, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  14. Ted, Omaha NE

    She probably also doesn't believe that LDS (Mormons) are Christians....

    This lady needs to be locked up in a rubber room.
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    October 12, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  15. Al Woodbridge, VA

    (Part 2)

    Forgot to say: This blog should be titled "CNN Political Theatre". Much more appropriate, don't you think?

    October 12, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  16. Pam Jennings, Washington, DC

    Anne's comments are an insult to both Christianity and Judaism. There are no fast tracks to moral decency. The road is long and difficult and takes discipline, as truly devoted Christians and Jews know. However, "environmental spills" of the type that explode out of Anne's deluded mouth are a dime a dozen.

    October 12, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  17. Jay, Toronto, ON, Canada

    Wait...Ann Coulter is a Conservative and Christian...but so is George Bush right? No wonder they're both morons!

    October 12, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  18. Lolo, St. Paul, MN

    Interesting that some people say Ann Coulter is right about how Christians see themselves. As a people who don't need to follow any rules? Surely you're joking? Christians have created a much longer litany of rules to follow than the Jews ever had. In "real" Christianity it may very well be true that we are all sinners and that Jesus died to forgive us for our sins, but anyone who claims that modern American Christians don't think they/we have to follow any rules shouldn't be surprised if they're laughed out of the room. This "club for sinners" does their utmost to exclude anyone who doesn't show themselves to be absolutely perfect according to their own definition of perfection.

    October 12, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. Nancy Carroll, Ohio

    What a "DINGBAT!!!" She has the Bush mentality ... Everyone should think the way they do. Embarrassing to say the least.

    October 12, 2007 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  20. Truebob, Hollywood FL

    "They're Christian, their tolerant..." unless you are a homosexual, a Muslim, a black man in a court room, or need and abortion. Then their tolerance is something to behold. Just look at her picture, she really has that "runaway bride" nut job look about her.

    October 12, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  21. Flip, Honolulu

    Look at all the comments...Half of you can't even spell or use proper grammar. You are almost as dumb as the lady above.

    October 12, 2007 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  22. CJB, Alabaster, AL


    I know that JESUS was born a JEW.

    I admire, appreciate, and respect Righteous JEWISH people–as well as ANYONE ELSE Righteous–whose lives bring to pass much GOOD in this World!

    ALL of Us are Children of the SAME HEAVENLY FATHER, no matter what Our Heritage...

    I believe that Job and Noah and Others are Righteous and Worthy of emulation.


    I believe that JESUS, THE CHRIST, is the Only SUPREMELY Perfect Person who ever lived on this Earth.

    I believe that it is necessary for me to be constantly engaged in REPENTANCE and FORGIVENESS, as well as in other GOOD CAUSES.

    I refer interested readers to the Books of ZECHARIAH(Chapters 1-12), and ISAIAH(Chapters 1-14), in the OLD TESTAMENT.


    October 12, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  23. Sean, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Coulter is a disgusting human being. She is an anti-semite who should be banished from the media after these comments. I think she is clinically insane. She must be stopped.

    October 12, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  24. Mike,, Onarga, IL

    She is absolutely right folks. The biggest mistake Ms. Coulter made is she didn't quote from scripture but made this to look like it was her personal opinion. Read the book of Romans and then consider criticizing. Ms. Coulter, you are very educated but leave the talking to God.

    October 12, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  25. Bozmean, NYC

    ...BREAKING NEWS: Ann Coulter to set out on quest to proce the Earth is really flat after all....and that the moon is a huge reflective paper machee ball...

    October 12, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
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