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. Howard Millman Columbus, OH

    Osama Bin Laden says that all Westerners must embrace the Muslim faith. Ann Coulter says America would be better off if everyone was Christian. Same crap, different day !!!! This is why we must have a seperation between the church and the state. Religious fundamentalists are total bigots and, by definition, are intolerant of any other beliefs. Get rid of bush & coulter and all the other morons from the "christian right".

    October 12, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. Antoinette Sellitto, Philadelphia, Pa.

    As long as I continue to hear comments from so called "Christians" like Ms. Coulter and read some of these comments from so called "religious" people, the more affirmed I am as an atheist. Furthermore, if the Republicans are so "Christian", then they would have never supported an invasion of Iraq. To my knowledge, Jesus was a pacifist.

    October 12, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. andy,cleveland,oh

    She makes me sad

    October 12, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  4. Mark, Philadelphia, PA

    Deutsch got exactly what he wanted - an obnoxious sound bite from Ann Coulter.

    Then Deutsch acts like he is the guardian of the Jewish people.

    It was like watching Bridget Loves Bernie in hell.

    Give us all a break. They deserve each other.

    October 12, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. Ron Johnson, Manhattan, KS

    Why is Ms. Coulter's comment controversial? Muslims tell us everyday that if we don't convert to their religion they will continue to kill us. Ms. Coulter just said that she would like everyone to be Christian; she didn't say anything about killing anyone if they don't convert. The controversy is political correctness gone amuck.

    October 12, 2007 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  6. Maria Guillen, Pembroke Pines, Florida

    Ann Coulter is just another "shock jock" and is not to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, her kind of rhetoric is hateful and destructive. It's sad to think that this is the way she makes a living and that TV news channel give her air time to spread her hate. I think it's time for someone to pull the plug!

    October 12, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Ann certainly needs to think before she speaks, no doubt. However, what she was trying to say wasn't that "Jews" are imperfect. She was referring to their belief (or lack of) that a new convenent was made through Jesus Christ which is the difference between the old testament and the new testament. Of course, now a days people are just looking for an excuse to jump someone who even utters the word Christian. Get over it.

    October 12, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |

    Talking like this Ann Coulter must be a close friend of our past president Jimmy Carter

    October 12, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. Crystal, Austin, TX

    It's absolutely no surprise that Ann Coulter would tout such nonsense.

    October 12, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  10. Geoff, Bloomsburg PA

    Ann Coulter: the Britney Spears of politics - say anything, do anything for attention, mostly to sell tripe in hardcover.

    October 12, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. Serj Kearny NJ

    American christians are perfect, at least they think so. They are against stem cells research and pro-choice liberals, but they support Irak war which had killed more than 300 000 people, including almost 4000 brave american soldiers. What would Jesus say about that? Tell Coulter perfection doesn't exist.

    October 12, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  12. Tony Somers, Columbus, Ohio

    A few of the posts got it right.

    Coulter is a marketing machine who knows that by saying anything inflamatory she will get air time and sell more books.
    She thrives on our shock knowing that it will put money in her pockets. The sooner we realize that she is an empty talking head, the better.

    Alas I don't think this will happen and she is keenly aware of this fact.

    October 12, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  13. Bruce, Redford MI

    Why does she continue to get air time. She is the Paris Hilton of politics and extremists or should we say Christian terrorists! She is nobody and keeps getting headlines! You cater to her needs to sell books just like the media caters to Paris. If everyone ignored her, she might have to work for a living!

    October 12, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  14. Dave, Brunswick, Maine

    Listen to Coulter, thats how all republicans think. She is the spokesperson for the party. All narrow minded, one way, unconvincing, this is their world and I dont want to live thinking like her. Ann Coulter is poison, a festering infection, racially biased. Make her go away.

    October 12, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  15. pat pardis Wolf Crceek Montana

    Simply put, if it were not for republicans like this one, there would probably be more republicans

    October 12, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. Cassie, Toronto, Ont

    For an supposedly well educated woman, she is really ignorant.

    October 12, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. Simo, Alexandria VA

    I am a practicing Muslim and I grew up with a lot Jews in Casablanca, Morocco. I feel offended by her comments because this is an attack not only on Jews but on all the minorities. The sad truth is, a lot of people buy her hateful gibrish (Sold in Costco of all the place) I think her time is almost up because she is outdoing her hateful self.she is an ivey league graduate. She went to Cornell U, her major was anti-semitism with a minor in intolerence.

    October 12, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  18. sammy, florida

    bless her heart, she's dumb as a fence post.

    October 12, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  19. E. Douglas, Cincinnati Ohio

    Heil Hitler!!

    October 12, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  20. Kendra, Nashville, TN

    this chick should not be speaking like she's representing all Christians...this woman needs to sit down and reread some of the bible...sad that an educated woman would make statements like this

    October 12, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  21. Ruth Stalvey, Cary, North Carolina

    Ann Coulter reveals her ignorance of Christianity by saying you have to "follow the laws." Jesus said he had come to fulfill the law and to provide salvation through grace, not obedience to the law. Although I don't believe all this stuff, at least I know the dogma, unlike Ann Coulter.

    October 12, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  22. Elizabeth Ashwood, Tulsa OK

    I hope other people of the world who're reading CNN this morning know that not all conservative Americans are dye-bottle retards, like Ann Coulter.

    October 12, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  23. Dave NY, NY

    All religions are worthless so in the end, she looks like an idiot anyway.

    October 12, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  24. Michael D. Houst, Barrington, NH

    As an American Citizen, Ann Coulter is entitled to voice her own opinion, publicly, and to whomever is listening.

    If you use the definition of the word, "bigot" to mean "a prejudiced person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles, or identities differing from his or her own" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bigotry, 12 Oct 07.) then Ms Colter's remarks and stance are not those of a bigot. Nor are they of someone who is prejudiced as she does have knowledge of, and examined the facts of her beleifs.

    She does discriminate between Jews and Christians; but her own statements support that it is an acknowledgement of differences and her own preferences. She is NOT engaging in anti-semetic behavior, nor is there any evidence that she is discriminating against jews for any human rights.

    Sad to say it, but those people throwing around the anti-semetic and Nazi labels are showing themselves to be to intolerant ones in this scenario.

    October 12, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. Ed in Atlanta

    Two things come to mind here:

    1. Why in the hell would Deutsch and CNBC give this nut case a stage. What has she done to deserve a stage

    2. Thank goodness she speaks for Republicans and their type of Christianity. As a Christian democrat I am glad she isn't our spokesperson. I say keep her and Larry Craig out speaking for the Republicans right up til November 2008 to remind the voters what the party is really all about!

    October 12, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
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