Ann Coulter once again has stirred things up, this time with a comment she made on Donny Deutsch’s CNBC show “The Big Idea” that “We just want Jews to be perfected.”
Coulter was talking about her ideal of a Christian America. “It would look like New York City during the Republican Convention.”
Deutsch asked her what she meant. “People were happy. They’re Christian. They’re tolerant. They defend America.”
Later, she tried to elaborate.
DEUTSCH: So you don’t think that is offensive?
COULTER: No. I’m sorry. It is not intended to be. 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, you know, 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.
Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, first pointed out the exchange to media outlets that otherwise were not aware of it. According to the New York Times, the National Jewish Democratic Council is petitioning news orgs to drop her as a commentator.
Deutsch told Adweek, “I was offended. And then, and this was interesting, she started to back off and seemed a little upset.”
Asked to gauge her reaction, Mr. Deutsch said, “I think she got frightened that maybe she had crossed a line, that this was maybe a faux pas of great proportions. I mean, did it show ignorance? Anti-Semitism? It wasn’t just one of those silly things.
“But I didn’t really service it. It’s not the show I’m doing now. I think I handled it well, but it’s started to circulate and take on a life of its own.