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. Terry, Point Roberts. WA

    This is the same Ann Coulter who believes that the Canadian Army fought in Vietnam.

    October 11, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Jennie Tezak Marina, CA

    This woman is sick and should be banned from writing books or appearing on talk shows. She is a menace to society.

    October 11, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Douglas S., Boise, Idaho

    Ann Coulter has made many offensive comments to people. The truth is, Christians DO believe that Jewish people would be better off believing in Jesus.

    October 11, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Steve, Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Everyone has Ann on their cable show because their ratings spike when she says this kind of stuff. Fortunately, Ann Coulter doesn't represent most Christians and Republicans. What is sad is that when she says this stuff she seems to get a pass and is not held accountable. That is perhaps the most distressing thing about seeing her pop up on cable...........

    October 11, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Joel Hearshen; Farmington Hills, MI.

    Ann Coulter has proven by her statements of Monday that she is nthing but a misogenistic bigot who represents to the world the woooorst about the United States. Not only does she wrap herself in the flag, she has now opted to hide behind the cross. If she feels that Jews are msiguided, how must she feel about Hindus, Bhuddists, Muslims, Aimists, etc?

    October 11, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. John, Jacksonville, Florida

    Ann Coulter has been, and always will be, a lunatic. Why decent Republicans continue to remain silent and let her be their spokesperson amazes me.

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. Charles S., Agate Beach, OR

    Ya, zee Nazis are back! Or have they never left?

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Jeff, Bar Harbor Maine

    Wow. I'm speechless about this. I knew Ann Coulter was a mean witch but this is unbelievable! She would fit right in with Goebbels and crew back in Nazi Germany.

    Keep it up Ann...you'll drive independent thinking, fair-minded Americans into the arms of the Democratic Party.

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Dave, Everett, WA

    Why are you giving this loony air-time, CNN?
    I suggest the next time you set up an interview with her, just let her sit there by herself.

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Ted Pierce, Walnut Creek, CA

    Ann Coulter has the personality of a sadomasochistic nazi dominatrix. Shame on Donny Deutsch for not bringing Fraulein Coulter to the attention of mental health authorities.

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Kevin, Cincinnati, OH

    As a Christian and a liberal (I know, we do exist) I cannot believe the ignorance of select members of the GOP who give the entire GOP a bad name. And for the record, my personal belief in Christianity is not that I am desirous of all people to become Christians because I beleive Jesus preached love, embracing difference, tolerance and respect for the cultural "other." Jesus himself did not follow all of the laws of the Jewish faith (healing on Sunday, approaching the unclean) and yet he also never converted to Christianity so did he not make it to heaven. I have always had no respect for Coulter and her source, Falwell, is even worse not to speak ill of the dead but Ann actually is what CNBC Donny's last name sounds like.

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. therealist

    So a Christian wants everybody to be a Christian and thinks the world would be a better place if that were true.

    Why is this a problem for you? Which religion doesn't promote a greater than all other self oriented belief??

    If Ann said she was a Christian and yet didn't care about the rest of the world's salvation, now that would be news..

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Paul, Oakland, CA

    The problem is people think Coulter is educated. She is not! How does this woman keep getting spots on television. She should be left to right wing nut radio and the Goebbels propogandists at Fox "News".

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Danny B. Detroit, MI

    For someone who couldn't get dogs to pay attention to her, even with a pork chop tied around her neck, I guess negative attention is better than none at all. How sad!

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. Charles, Sacramento, California

    While I agree that Coulter is probably(a)insane, most likely (b) desperate for publicity, she is also (c) absolutely correct by the tenets of her faith. Indeed, anyone who holds a fundamentalist faith, who sees their own path as the only true way to salvation, basically believes the same thing. Fundamentalist Christians believe that all non-Christians will go to hell. That's eternal damanation. NO do-overs. And it's not just limited to Christianity. It's no different from the fundamentalist Islamic person who sees everyone outside of their faith as infidels, worthy of death. Rather than object to this low-life, publicity hungry you-know-what stating a basic fact of her faith, instead look to the more general picture. This kind of faith is not only wrong, it's dangerous.

    October 11, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Dayton, Chicago IL

    About time somebody speaks their mind about something that most people quietly agree with.

    October 11, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Liza, New York, NY

    Perfect the Jews? I suppose next she'll be suggesting that black people bleach their skin in order to be "perfected" as well. I have an idea for perfecting Ann Coulter... STOP BUYING HER INFLAMMATORY BOOKS and get her out of the public eye. This is disgusting.

    October 11, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Riaz, Los Angeles, CA

    Unbelievable. Yet, totally believable. What a fool! If this is what the talking heads say about their own countrymen can we expect any tolerance or understanding in foreign policy matters at all? Somebody please get me out of this nightmarish historical moment. . . .

    October 11, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. annette Boca Raton, Fl

    This women is a real sicko, she should be thrown off all shows. I don't think Donnie Deutsch was too happy with her. She is the most outspoken nasty person I have ever seen.

    October 11, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Jason, Rikrolls, Arkansas

    *Takes a moment of silence to commemorate the event* Thank you, Ann, for finally saying something offensive enough for the mainstream media to pick up on it. Although if this kicks you into the abyss and "We should invade their countries/convert them by the sword" didn't, someone still deserves to be slapped.

    October 11, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Reprobate, Vancouver WA

    Ann Coulter, someone of zero scientific credibility, once wrote a book (Godless) that contained a good chunk of anti evolution literature. Coulter, of course, didn't base any of her findings on real science, but instead on superstition (the Genesis account). Every scientist who read that book laughed.

    October 11, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Mark Attleboro, MA

    You liberals who are always so offended do know that there ARE differences between religions correct? Ann was pointing out the difference between Jews and Christians here. That is not being anti-semetic and if you think it is, you are probably just a little over-sensitive.

    October 11, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. gabe

    I think some of the commenters here and Coulter have missed the point of what she said. She called Christians, "perfected Jews". I understand that what she meant is something like: "according to the Christian belief system – Jewish people are simply people of the Book who have not completed their covenant with God or achieved full absolution – which we believe is only available through Christ." I don't think anyone would have a problem with that.

    What she intimated in her statements, however, is that the best thing a Jew can be is not a Jew at all, but a Christian. What she said is that the "perfection" of Jewish practice and life is to become Christian.

    No – Jews have their own ideas about how to "perfect" their lives – ideas that have been encoded and debated in the Torah and Talmud – two books that have existed long before Christ and have been edited and debated over for thousands of years by millions of people.

    What she said, regardless of if she meant it or not is – "well, if these Jews really wanted to be good Jews, they'd be Christians."

    It's a intimation that's either frighteningly ignorant or amazingly clumsy.

    Either way, what kind of political movement would allow other people to think that this tactless, thoughtless person represents their point of view? She does not in any way represent the better virtues of Christianity or America.

    October 11, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Paulina Gilbert

    Anne Coulter is without a doubt the most repulsive human being I know. And that she is educated tells me that there must be a blockage of some sort in her brain – an inability to keep her mind open. She has not a scrap of kindess in her; her demeanor is caustic and ugly – and her words are daggers. A thoroughly nasty, misguided and hateful personality is she. Anne Coulter is without a doubt the nastiest person on our planet. I really feel somewhat sorry for her – to have to live with all of that vitriol inside of her must be unbearable at times.I would be so happy if I never had to see or hear from her ever again. We all would be so much better off without her brand of hatefulness.

    October 11, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Moises, Panama,Panama

    And we thought that only radicals and terrorists from the Middle East had such a small view of religion and tolerance towards others.Now we know why blondes carry their reputation.

    October 11, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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