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. Jon, Los Angeles, CA

    All of you are hypocritical. Everyone... I MEAN EVERYONE has a right to free speech. Who the He– to you think you are to limit someone from speeking. That is why I'm a republican. The hyprocracy of the democratic party is something I can not practice. When a republican hears something they don't like, they turn the channel or walk away. Democrats think they need to silence the individual. Huh... isn't that what communism is all about. So maybe there is a correlation. Democrats and communists. I love Ann and always enjoy what she has to say. Sometimes I agree and other times I don't. All of you need to think about what your true beliefs are... to silence individuals when you don't like what they say??? Then start wearing RED!

    October 12, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. rick boca raton, fl

    She really is such a moron. The only way to shut her up is to stop providing her a platform to air her views....no tv, no radio. Every media entity should boycott her. Let her sit home and amuse herself. She'a an embarrassment to all civilized, educated people (especially us Republicans!).

    October 12, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Denise Gerson, MIami, FL

    she is a moron!she should never be interviewed.

    October 12, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Carl, Ft Worth, TX


    October 12, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Bill, Des Moines, IA

    Wow. Every time she says "Christians believe," I feel physical pain. You don't speak for me, lady.

    Deutsch is wrong. Idiology trumps education. The "leader" of our country was Yale-educated.

    October 12, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Charlotte, Columbus, Ohio

    She is a real you know what. She probably would have fit in perfect with Hitler's crowd. I do not understand why we even acknowledge her presence. We should ignore her completely. Not give her an opportunity to express her racist opinions. Perhaps she would crawl into a hole and stay there for good. The world would be better off without her.

    October 12, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Robert Jay Greensboro North Carolina

    Coulter, like Bush and I feel many Republicans are "closet bigots".Coulter is educated but just stupid! Her mouth runs faster than her brain! Has anyone, anywhere ever documented something intelligent that she has said?

    October 12, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Neilly Berkeley CA

    i'm sorry but isn't this treason. its written in to our constitution that no religion will be assosiated with the government and her suggestion that it should (aside from being anti-semetic) suggest that christianity be forced upon jews could be considered treson. any opions on hanging or burning at the stake?

    October 12, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Jeff, Chicago, IL

    To those who say "don't pay attention to her" or "she should be banned" are missing the point. Whack jobs like Coulter, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck, etc. should be given center stage at all times so we can incessantly point to them and tell the Religious Republican Right, "these people speak for you." But, too many people on the left want to be civil and "play fair" To hell with that. Make their words work for us.

    October 12, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Eric, Neptune, NJ

    Christianity cannot be judged because of one person, Ann Coulter. I don't follow Ann's history or what she has said in the past and I'm not about to call her an idiot, or even a nazi..etc. For any Christian on this post to go there is disappointing. For everyone else on the board, comparing her to Hitler is actually quite comical and I feel it to be misguided. A Christian's goal is to demonstrate God's love by loving others (some are better at that than others). I don't know Ann's heart or where she is in her walk with the Lord, but a Christian's motivation to spread the good news (the gospel) is out of love, that no one be lost in the fire, not hatred. Therefore to compare her to some of the cruelest dictators and mass-murderers of our time is out of line. There is a lot of hatred on this board and I think the people spewing it need to take an introspective look at what is really important what they really want out of life.

    October 12, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Sindi, Oakdale, Louisiana

    Congratulations! Somebody finally stood up and told the truth. God bless you! It amazes me how quickly people want to jump on anyone who stands up for the Christian faith, but if a muslim, or any other religion would make such a comment, it would be fine. Christianity teaches to love others, to serve humbly, to help those in need.
    This is not to say that we're to hate everyone else. We are commanded to reach out and to love.
    I John4:7&8 "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love". So, if you just said it would be an ideal world if everyone would love one another, help one another, etc. would that be ok? I think so! If Christianity teaches such wonderful things, embrace it! It will change your life!

    October 12, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. D. Nunez, Los Angeles, CA

    I think Ann Coulter knew she went too far this time when she attempted to "apologize" to Deutsch for her comments. This woman spits out vitriol from a completey Un-Christian point of view and with such a lack of intelligence or forethought that it is amazing to me that anyone gives her a forum in which to speak. She should be taken off the airwaves. Period!

    October 12, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Larry B. Orlando Florida

    This woman is clearly deranged you can see it in her eyes if her statements don't say it loud and clear. I can't understand why the media gives someone full of hate and mentally challenged so much press. How is she any different from any mentally ill street person that can be found in any major city on the corner ranting and raving about things that make no sense? Maybe she bathes more often and dresses better but I'm not even sure about that.

    October 12, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. susan. malvern, pennsylvania

    Ann Coulter is a truly UNPERFECTED Christian. Christians read an believe both tesaments of our Bible and respect the texts and believers of other religions. Ann is narrow minded, biggoted and extremely rude. She has a great deal to learn.

    October 12, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Marty Henderson, Chaska, Minnesota

    In response to the post By James, Cola town, SC : October 12, 2007 9:57 am:

    I find your views dispicable. I have my beliefs, you have yours. If i came telling you hindu, wiccanism, druidism, judaism, or any other sort of religion was the one to be correct, you would think me a fool. As should I think so of you, however my views do not permit such. I respect your beliefs, your god, but do not directly follow on my own. My views are as follows:

    I, personally, believe that everything is correct. That there is a power up there, whether one or many, that goes under the impression that all of its creations would like to worship it in their own way, shape, or form. All prayers, spells, etc get somewhere. As for atheism, my views don't conform to that but then again, I still respect what they have to say and respect their beliefs.

    yet again, as I said before I am 15 but i can still carry an opinion.

    October 12, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Jennifer, New York

    there you have it Blonds have more FUN!!

    October 12, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Lynda, Yellow Springs, OHio

    She is successful as long as she gets us all riled up with her vile spewings. I choose to look at her as comical, a caricature of her own self and her (& the GOPs & Christian Conservative's) own worst enemy. The more she blows, the stupider she makes herself out to be. The GOP/Xtian Transvestite spokesmodel...wow, there's someone I sure want to listen to (NOT!)

    October 12, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Bob M., Southfield, MI

    It took me 10 minutes to stop laughing before I could write this. "Perfecting Jews"??? Where's Mel Brooks when we need him?

    October 12, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Phil Smith, Denver, Colorado

    The ideal American, in my estimation, is a secular American. One can still believe in a particular religion, but the American traditions of solidarity, liberty, and freedom of opportunity are paramount. The Constitution or its eventual replacement are laws of the land, not the Bible or the Torah or the Koran.

    October 12, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Ray, NYC, NY

    Not only does she sound like an ignorant man, she looks like one too! Keep spouting your dribble Ann, your only hurting yourself!!!!

    October 12, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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    October 12, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Jean, Park Ridge, IL

    I have never heard a more Unchristian person as Ann Coulter–why would these remarks surprise anyone.

    October 12, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. RKB, Bethlehem, PA

    It's people like Ann Coulter that continue to propagate the supposition that all good Christians are Republicans. When did religion become an integral part of the political discussion? Not only have the Coulters and Hannities of the world helped to polarize the nation politically, they have alienated the majority of "middle of the road" Christians, who make up the majority of the population. If Imus got fired for his comments, why is Coulter still on the air after spewing this nonsense? It's people like this that drove me away from organized religion in the first place. And while I still respect others' religious beliefs, even I am offended by her remarks.

    October 12, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Ian, Greensboro NC

    Re-Read: "Half baked SELF PROMOTING attention grabber says more attention grabbing SELF PROMOTING stuff." Can ya feel the RUSH?

    October 12, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Sanjiv B, Chesterfield, MO

    I thought I never wanted to vote for Hillary because she appears extreme leftist. Now, I think she seems more tolerable compared to this extreme rightist.

    October 12, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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