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. Joe, Shrewsbury, MA

    What smacks me is that Ms. Coulter's vision is not only of a Christian America, but a tolerant America.

    Sounds like mere lip service to the ideals of freedom and choice. If all must be Christian, then where is the tolerance for uniqueness?

    October 12, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Janet Gerber Syracuse, New York

    and this woman continues to get airtime!
    All of you broadcasters are enablers of Ann Coulter and her ability to project her viewpoint to too many ignorant people that actually like her!

    October 12, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Rhoda Dobrovich, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

    This conservative freek of nature who obviously escaped from a mental ward, doesn't realize how magnificent this NATION would be WITHOUT HER. Can the drag queen be sent to Siberia, never to be seen or heard from again.

    October 12, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Z, St. Louis

    Even beyond the "perfected Jew" comment. The very notion that this country should be "all christian" is insulting! This person that wraps themselves in a flag and beats people over the head with a bible is the epitome of everything that us unAmerican. Intolorant,racist, bigoted
    and hate filled are only a few words
    to describe this rant. The legal right to say these things is
    obvious. But social pressure should
    come down to condemn it.

    Debating the minutia of the religious dogma in these arguments in an attempt to defend this is absurd. Most of the
    worst crimes against humanity have been perptraited by those with a
    holy book in one hand to justify it, and a weapon in the other to carry it out.

    October 12, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. WB, MI

    I think she is just using it as a media tool to get more gigs. Apparently it is working!


    October 12, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Howard Goldberg, New York, New York

    Why anyone gives this person any space to air her vile views is beyond me!

    October 12, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. J.H. Ayres St. Louis, Mo.

    every time a christian (person who believes in Jesus Christ as their personal savior speaks) attacks come from far and wide. My son in law is a Jew and he professes to having to be born again by the blood of Jesus Christ. He is still a Jew and always will be but believes in the fulfillment of the old testament in the new testament of the Bible. Wake up people,the greatest book ever written, the words of Jesus himself says that Unless you believe in your heart, and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God you won`t be saved from the perilous times ahead of us.

    October 12, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. CK, Buffalo, NY

    On behalf of Christians all over the world I would like to apologize to those who follow Judaism for the remarks that came out of Ann Coulters mouth!

    Please believe me when I say that her opinions are not shared by all Christians.

    October 12, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Tony, Levittown PA

    Wasn't their another figure in history that thought of the world without the Jewish religion. I think he was dictated Germany for sometime.....Dosn't this sound familiar?

    October 12, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. Bill, Fairfax, Va

    As bizarre as Ann Coulter is, she didn't say anything "intolerant", or anti-semitic for that matter. She's blunt, and she has a very sarcastic wit. Get over it.

    October 12, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Peter, Houston

    That's the Christian faith. It believes people should convert and have eternal life through Christ. If Deutsch respected Christianity, he'd know that Christians want Jews to convert so that Jews can have what we have and not to get rid of Jews. Keep the people, change the beliefs. As Christians, we're just not supposed to say it anymore

    October 12, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Erin, Oxford OH

    As a Jew and a liberal, I do not agree with anything Ann Coulter says. However, some of the comments I've read are completely unnecessary. Wishing her harm in anyway is as shameful as the ignorant, bigoted things she says.

    October 12, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Woodie, Atlanta, GA

    This stupid woman is a joke. I can't believe she is allowed to speak into a microphone. Please make her go away. She represents everything that is wrong with the conservatives and Republicans. She is a fat American tourist on the political scene whose swollen tongue never yields anything useful or factual.

    October 12, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Patrick in Homestead, PA

    What I believe does not mean a thing to anyone but the God I believe in, and myself. I will not tell you she is right or wrong. But the ironic beauty coming from the events of the Ann Coulter/media circus is the freedom of her to do what she does, and the media to inflate it...... Please, no one here lose sight of that fact. And we must protect her right to do that.

    October 12, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Cory, Las Vegas, NV

    What an idiot, who is this woman? And why is anyone with half a brain listening to her? Wow, it just goes to show you that blonds are stupid. I believe the world would be a much better place if only there were no dumb blonds in it. That's my fast track program...

    October 12, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Steve Lit Charlotte NC

    Ann Coulter's remarks regarding Jews being perfected is very scary. It reminds me of comments made in Nazi Germany in the 30s about the German people being the Aryan race and all others being inferior. A totally Christian USA made up of Ann Coulter clones would make even Jesus Christ think twice about his kingdom on earth.

    October 12, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Cris Craft (Virginia)

    Way to go Ann, you go girl! Jesus Christ is the only way!!!

    October 12, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. Jeremy, Phoenix AZ

    I kinda felt like she was making stuff up as she went.
    I myself am a christian, but a perfected christian / jew im far from it. Its comments like this that give christianity a bad name

    October 12, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. Andrew, Dallas

    Ann Coulter should no longer be allowed on television. Although what she may have said might be correct about Christians being "perfected Jews," her comments were completely out of line. I thought that in this country we had a freedom of religion? Why should we all be one religion? This only proves how intolerant, insensitive, and closed minded Ann Coulter truly is. I hope for the sake of our country that she is not allowed to communicate with children. The last thing this country needs is Ann Coulter preaching anti-semitism to children and others. For everyone's well being, please never put Ann Coulter on television.

    October 12, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. jeremiah, columbus, ga

    this woman is an embarrassment to the human race.

    October 12, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Jim Henzi,Lee's Summit,MO

    I don't know. I was taught that Christians were supposed to be tolerant and loving. Isn't that Jesus said?

    Well, maybe we should pray to God to protect us from his son's followers.

    October 12, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Mark Ramsey MD Fort Lauderdale FL

    This is not a joke. She is being serious about what she really believes. That is evident from so many on this post who agree, and know exactly what she's talking about. This is republican America. They want our society "perfected"- white, christian, and straight. They want the bible passed as law through our legislature, written into our constitution. You may agree or disagree, but DO NOT THINK FOR ONE MINUTE SHE IS JOKING. SHE IS DEAD SERIOUS.

    October 12, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. K.L. Watson, Virginia

    Ok....Now that I've had time to digest this and let my blood pressure go down all I have to say is this.
    I'm a Chrsitian, more to the point I'm a Presbyterian. I'm very proud of that fact...HOWEVER I in no way shape or form think that just cause I'm a Christian that I'm "fast tracked" or "perfected" or in any way better than someone that's not a Christian.
    I also know that there are sinners in the world that are "Christians" and I'll bet you a dollar to a doughnut that God isn't standing at the gates saying "Yeah come on in, just cause you're Christian." It's not what you believe it's how you condute yourself in life that get's you a ticket to heaven or hell.

    October 12, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Sarah, Andover MA

    Ah yes, Ann Coulter, the epitome of a good, devout, perfected Christian. I bet she donates her entire pay to charity, I bet she devotes her whole day to helping to end the suffering of those less fortunate. I bet Jesus in heaven, who so kindly died for our sins, is looking down at Ann Coulter and thinking "what a gem".

    October 12, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. A Jew in TX

    First off, Judaism does not teach that Jesus was a prophet – in fact he's not even mentioned.

    Second, are you kidding me? I have lived all around the world, and moved from NY to TX and have yet to meet 1 person who lived by the Old Testament – read Leviticus some time moron – if you did 'follow the laws' as a Christian or Jew you would stone your wife for wearing a cotton-poly blend shirt and be able to sell your daughter into slavery...

    Lastly, lets me honest, Ann Coulter is the political equivalent of Howard Stern, just not as intelligent...

    October 12, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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