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WASHINGTON--Ann Coulter sank to a new low on Thursday in her comments about Jews and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) let her have it.

"We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say," Coulter said on Donny Deutsch’s CNBC show “The Big Idea.”

She really said it--plus more. (click below for a partial transcript.)

"Coulter’s remarks are an insult to anyone who respects religious freedom and diversity," Schakowsky said in a statement.

"Ann Coulter said that it would be better if we were all Christian. Later in the program, she went on to say that “Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews.” Ms. Coulter’s remarks demonstrate her lack of understanding and respect for other religions."

from Schakowsky....


SCHAKOWSKY CONDEMNS ANN COULTER’S REMARKS

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement in response to Ann Coulter’s anti-Semitic remarks on Donny Deutsch’s CNBC show “The Big Idea.”

“Last night, columnist Ann Coulter stooped to yet another low when she made anti-Semitic remarks on Donny Deutsch's CNBC show "The Big Idea.” Coulter’s remarks are an insult to anyone who respects religious freedom and diversity.

Ann Coulter said that it would be better if we were all Christian. Later in the program, she went on to say that “Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews.” Ms. Coulter’s remarks demonstrate her lack of understanding and respect for other religions (see transcript below).

While this may be just another stunt by Ann Coulter to promote her new book, I believe her anti-Semitic remarks are hurtful and damaging. This is not the first time that Coulter has made insensitive and ignorant remarks concerning other religions. It is pathetic that the only way Coulter can sell books is to create controversy by make outrageous and offensive remarks about non-Christians.

While Coulter may say that she did not mean to offend Mr. Deutsch or people of Jewish faith, her remarks fuel the same type of hatred and anti-Semitism that Jews have been battling for thousands of years. Along with Donny Deutsch, I am deeply offended.”

EXCERPTS FROM TRANSCRIPT:

COULTER: Well, OK, take the Republican National Convention. People were happy. They're Christian. They're tolerant. They defend America, they —
DEUTSCH: Christian — so we should be Christian? It would be better if we were all Christian?
COULTER: Yes.
DEUTSCH: We should all be Christian?
COULTER: Yes. Would you like to come to church with me, Donny?

COULTER: No, we think — we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say.
DEUTSCH: Wow, you didn't really say that, did you?
COULTER: Yes. That is 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: Welcome back to "The Big Idea." During the break, Ann said she wanted to explain her last comment. So I'm going to give her a chance. So you don't think that was 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.

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Mr. Deutsch got just what he deserved. Did he think he was immune from the caustics generated by this sick and psychotic amoeba?

He wanted some good ratings. He got some good ratings, I guess. Personally, I stopped watching his show about a year ago. I got tired of another rich mans son (who had life handed to him on a platter - ala Tucker Carlson)pandering and acting as though he were some kind of wunderkind.

Why or why does the media keep giving that bigoted woman any air time? She is beyond words. Everything coming out of her mouth is aimed at making headlines and the media runs right out and gives her what she's trying to get, more attention for her stupid, racist, bigoted remarks. What suprised me is that the republican party (small r on purpose) adores her. That makes the party just as bigoted and closed as is she. Dare I say more?

When are the networks going to find the guts to stop giving her a platform to spew her garbage? This time it's hateful, malicious and anti-semitic speech spoken with deliberate racist arrogance.

Ms. Coulter's passing an opinion about the state of "perfection" of any human being is, to borrow from Dr. Samuel Johnson, "Like a dog walking on its hind legs-It's not done well, but one is surprised to find it done at all."

CUNextTuesday. ugh!

Why can't we just ignore her?

I am not at all surprised.

Several years ago Coulter said: "My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building." 

Her "only" regret with Timothy McVeigh was his choice of target. For Coulter, journalists are a better choice as a right-wing terrorist target then are federal employees. But she expressed no moral doubts about targetting either group.

That her mind is given a regular venue in U.S. media is a crime against humanity for not having a disclaimer that she represents a threat to civilization.

I do not know the best way to phrase this but Ms. Coulter has been making insentive and offensive remarks for a long time and people like Donny Deutch keeps on providing her with the forum to continue insulting other people and their culture. I guess the controversy that Ms. Coulter brings to the table increases the rating. Maybe now that Mrs Deutch has himself been the target/victim of Ms. Coulter sharp tongue he will not find it interested to showcase her on his show.

I don't understand. Ann Coulter does not demonstrate Christian behavior in any setting I where have observed her. What does she know about true Christians? Is hate, war, and lying christian virtues?

Ann Coulter like Ahmadinejad has qualifid to speak at Columbia University now that she pissed off the Jews. Poor thing, just wants to hawk her book-and the jews will help here with their self demented foolish outrage--

This sounds about right. The Jews killed Jesus and were effectual in destroying Jerusalem 2000 years ago. Now the Christians have perfected that. The Christians are not only killing Christ again, but destroying the whole world.

OMG

No matter how tolerant some of these fundies (or fundie wanna be, in Ann's case) say they are, in truth, not only do they think that their religion is right. They think that everyone should either convert or be damned.

Basically, she is stuck in medieval times. Crusades anyone?

Typical Ann Coulter. The real crime is that people who should know better keep giving this awful hateful shrew so much attention. She is a shameless sick hater who enjoys insulting and hurting others. Why is she being aired endlessly on TV and Cable? Is she any better then a David Duke or a the KKK member? I think its the media that hosts her that needs to be examined and asked , why are you giving this person a pulpit to spew her venom? Why are you in essence enabling this bigoted women?

Coulter is the right-wing version of Howard Stern. She's a shock-jock after money. Her most honest moment on air was on Chris Matthew's Hardball when she told John Edward's wife that she couldn't stop using viscious personal attacks because that's how she makes her living. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there dumb enough to buy her books and support her bony *ss.

She is as an American entitled to her opinion.But
God help us if too many of her kind exist.

The infection between Ann Coulter's ears is incurable. Why do sane people give her the opportunity to speak into a microphone?

Ann Coulter reminds me of Andrew Dice Clay. So outrageous at first he got your attention, then you kind of felt a bit embarrased, and finally, disgusted. I'm way past disgusted with Ann Coulter. She's pathetic.

I consider Ann to be very entertaining. She is very quick-witted and probably far more knowledgeable than Schakowsky. I won't even try to defend Coulter's remarks; she has the fastest lip in the country. I know that she is NOT anti-Semitic and so does the U.S. representative from the People's Republic of Illinois. We can always tell when the height of the political season is coming when Ann shoots from the lip and actually gets a response from a minor liberal player like Jan. Not having the entire transcript of the interview, I think she might have had in mind that approx. 80% of Jews in America vote Democratic. It is a disparity that has always bewildered me, but the "deer in the headlights" Republicans don't seem to be able to persuade anyone to change sides. We are doomed to remain a split political country because of rhetoric like this from both sides. All of you pundits, please stick to facts and real, workable ideas.

Why be offended at another's abstract thought.Yes, Christianity is a cultic offshoot of Judaism but Ann is never sound in her historicity. Freedom of Religion is Ann spouting her religious views. Her unauthentic conservative views have harmful consequences because they back an administration that kills folks.As for Diversity, the called for it is usually the opposition to real diversity. Ann Coulter and her Groupies are the epitomy of a diverse society. I can only disagree with her but I refuse to be alarmed by her opinions.

Annie! Annie Coulter - tell me: if Christians are perfected Jews, what are you? A nudnik with a magaphone maybe? Or a shaygitz trying to become a perfected shiksa? And while we're on that subject, Annieka, have you considered a modest cosmetic procedure on your Adam's apple? No, not the one to make it less masculine - I mean the one that will solve your biggest problem, I think it's called hemputation or something. Oy - is this goil goyim nachis or what? Eat something Annie - and calm down. Please.

Why does Imus get thrown off the air and Ann Coulter gets to call Edwards a "f-gg-t" and call Christians "perfected Jews"?? Would someone please order this demented woman off the air? She is cancer to the national discussion on issues. It's really gone overboard. I'm not kidding.

Ann Coulter is completely right, in White People's eyes. She is speaking the truth, and 99% of all White Americans feel the way she does. I'm African American, and what I can remember through the Media and what my parents taught me. Were the pictures of White Christians,eating out of picnic baskets, smiling having fun, on a Sunday. While in the back ground, swings a human body from a tree. An African American had just been hung. White christians should check their history. It isn't pleasant at all. All of this crap about White Christianity, didn't come to the forefront until the war with the Muslim religon happened. Remember the Muslims were around Thousands of years before White Christianity was ever invented or thought of. I practice neither one of the religon's, but I'll tell you the difference. Muslims will defend their religon with their lives, White christians won't. There is no comparison between religons. The numbers don't even add up, majority of the World practices the Muslim religon, not White Christianity. The perfect example's of White Christianity are the Ann Coulter's, the Bush Administration, Fox News,Bill O'reilly, Russ Limbolt, Hannity,and the list goes on. These people are truely evil and greedy. White supremacy is their interior motives. American Christianity is a major joke all around the world. Greed, Money and Power are the true principles of White Christianity, Oh Yah, and Racism........

Typical of Coulter's devisive and insulting ways. Nobody should be surprised that she said this and meant it.

Why not just have everyone become Herthernist and bring harmony to the world. Hurry today and join The First Church Of Herthern.

Ann Coulter prides herself on being crass and crude, so anything she says sounds that way. But any fundamentalist Christian will tell you that the New Testament is needed to complete the Old, which is more about rules, fire and brimstone, revenge and judgment, while the New is about the power of forgiveness and redemption. Being Christian is a matter of faith, while being Jewish is subject to all sorts of rules of conversion, and is actually more racist. Joseph Campbell the great anthropologist said that just as Hinduism is to Buddhism, so Judaism is to Christianity. So in that sense, Coulter's reference to "perfecting" the Old Testament and the notion of "chosen" people referring to birth rather than faith, is the universal underpinning of Christianity. It's just that she said it crudely.

There is no doubt that fundamentalist Christians (and Mormons, etc.) believing that those who don't convert will go to hell, and forego the blessings of the "saved" here on earth, is divisive. And foolish, as with the Koreans who brought this message to the Taliban in Afghanistan. But it didn't originate with Coulter. In fact, many millions of American are choosing their Presidential candidates, Democratic and Republican, based partly on how they feel about this religious issue.

No, I don't believe this was a stunt on Coulter's part to sell books. Deutsch took her by surprise by asking her what her vision of America would look like if the country changed in the way she wants it to change. He had to repeat the question 3 different ways before she understood it! That alone was surprising, but revealed how shallow and intellectually impoverished this woman really is. Then she said it would look like the Republican Convention in New York, etc. She basically tipped her hand and revealed her true self: an elitest, upper class, WASP, anti-Semite. I'm a WASP so I recognize the breed only too well. It was jaw dropping because she wasn't trying to be outrageous. She was just being herself. I immediately fired off an email to Deutsch thanking him for asking her the kinds of questions he asked her because it was quite revealing! I begged him to post that interview on You Tube so more people could see it! Horrible as she is - people need to see her and people like her for what they are!

I'm so glad I don't live in America now.

right on ann it's about time someone has the guts to say what they think - what's going on here? most people in this country today fear repraisals from the jews if they open their mouths regarding israel religion etc. hope ann does't chicken out and continues to voice her opinions!!!!!!

Why do people waste air time and print on this poor, pathetic woman? She needs serious help, not an audience.

That is the prevailing philosophy amongst conservative Republicans.

The Jews must defeat the Muslims in a Holy War, then must be converted to Christianity.

It's in all end-time texts.

Coulter is as awful and repulsive a human being as ever not been aborted.
She however has the protected Rifgt to say anything she wishes to say regardless as to how offensive it is.
Congress, which recently wasted resourced to "condemn" MoveOn.org. about Petraeus the BetrayUs, ought to spend their time on two things: 1. Impeachment of George Bush et. al; 2 getting ALL Americans out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gee, nobody seemed to care when Coulter was saying rude things about Muslims. What makes offending Jews worse than offending Muslims, Liberals, Democrats, gays, voting women, 9/11 widows, or anyone else for that matter? It looks like a case of straight forward hypocrisy to me.

I find it interesting that we all know that a copy is never as good as the original, however, the religious nuts continue to think that Christianity and Islam (both copies) seem to hold a higher regard. Maybe all should be Jewish?

Ann congratulations you have had your fame and have shown your true colors.

As a republican, I am embarrassed. As a Jew I feel betrayed!

ann coulter needs a great deal of HELP. before you put her on the air again she must be tested. she also needs a good meal. some wonderful JEWISH cooking might help her!
Ozkar

Nothing says bigot like Ann Coulter expressing the views of the right.

What's the problem? Ann Coulter says something offending Jews, now all of a sudden Coulter should be censored? Where was the ADL and catholic church speaking out when Ann Coulter was spewing her Anti-Muslim, Anti-Black venom!!! Don't be such a hypocrite now

Where is Coulter's congressional condemnation? Where is Coulter's re-hab? She is an offensive harpy that will say anything to sell her poorly written propaganda books.

I also blame Donny Deutsch for even giving Ann Coulter a public forum to spew her never-ending idiotic comments into the public airways. Why should he be surprised by her outrageous comments? Has he been living on another planet for the past few years? If the networks simply stopped having her as a guest, she would simply disappear into the crack in the floor from which she emerged.

I also blame Donny Deutsch for even giving Ann Coulter a public forum to spew her never-ending idiotic comments into the public airways. Why should he be surprised by her outrageous comments? Has he been living on another planet for the past few years? If the networks simply stopped having her as a guest, she would simply disappear into the crack in the floor from which she emerged.

I would like to see is both Christians and Jews acting like peaceful human beings (goes against our nature).

Yesterday I heard Sean Hannity (Christian) and a man who's the former Prime Minister of Israel (can't remember his name) claiming that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the next Hitler so we need to go bomb Iran.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not a nice guy, but this is insane. No more preemptive wars.

Both Christians and Jews need to stop being jackasses and getting hundreds of thousands of people killed.

What an ignorant, angry, hateful, dangerously psychotic bitch she is. Wow. Talk about the Karma train! She's tied to the tracks.......

Sound the alarm! Everyone, Muslins, Jews, Atheist, and non-practicing Christians, it is the calling of Christians to make disciples of all people of all nations. That is Christianity's main (i.e., main with a capital M), calling on this earth from the very beginning!

I am not a Coulter fan, but I think she is right. I would add, that Coulter's neo-con position puts her in the category of non-practicing Christians.

Just imagine what would happen if some notable left of center pundit (and I don't mean to suggest the demented Coulter is notable in the same sense) made such hateful and bigoted anti-Semitic remarks. The ADL's Mr. Foxman, and the right-wing smear machine would be all over that person. Will Foxman, or anyone, condemn Coulter? Will she pay a price? We'll see. Her hate mongering hasn't cost her yet. Is the right-wing now going to condone anti-Semitism? Covert all the Jews to "perfect" Christians, she says. As they did in Spain? At the tip of a sword? Or, these days, only after waterboarding.

Explaining why this woman hasn't been relegated to the ignomy she so richly deserves would probably reveal (too) much about the ownership of our corporate media. Even some lightening rods are destroyed when they do their job too well.

I am not Jewish so I don't care what Coulter says about Jews. I am Catholic, and with all of the insults I hear directed towards catholics it is refreshing to hear someone like Coulter direct some barbs towards other religions. To blackwiseman, did you hear this morning that one of the Jena 6 criminals, Mychal Bell, is back in jail where he belongs? This latest development in Jena definitely warrants me to go out tonight and have a few beers to toast the judge who put him back in jail. I suggest all white people do the same as this is definitely a victory for our side.

I think that Ann Coulter's brains have loosened from all that hair flipping she does. What hubris! Ms. Coulter has not yet learned that you can think what you want, but once those words leave your lips, you are responsible for your remarks. It is clear that she is anti-everyone who is not like her and that is so sad. I suppose she wants to cleanse the world of those who are different and....whoops, who does that sound like? Hey Ann, have you started the master race thing yet?

To Jerry, It seems you have to much time on your hands. Please, as I stated before on other blog sights, that you so frequently visit. Get out and get some air, get out of your mothers basement. You are over Forty years old, times have changed. We no longer pick cotton you a## h##e. Oh yah Jerry! You proved my point correctly. You feel the way most White Chicagoans feel, SICK !!I bet you dream of White Supremacy every night. Visions of sugar plums dancing in your sick demented mind. The Jena six stumped a guy just like you. Becareful where you drink tonight Jerry.....

This woman is what breeds hate and seperation in America. It is not us against them, at this time in our community we should be working towards finding any common ground to help the country. Ann is walking a very slippery slope, there is another person I can remember who believed that Jews were not perfect like him. He also is known for committing the most horrendous crimes against nature, I believe his name is Adolf Hitler. I feel pity for her in a small way, she is unintelligent and so far removed from anyone not in her Anglo-Saxon Republican group of friends that no one has ever taught her about history or the wonderful aspects of the different cultures and people outside her little box.

I suggest sending the hatemonger to a kibbutz for a long, looong stay. Any place where her divisive blather would be treated with somber ridicule.

Blackwiseman, Ann Coulter is not representative of white people in this country. She is representative of elitist WASPS that probably only encompass a fraction of a percent of this country's whites. When you paint all whites with such a broad brush, it reveals your own racism.

I had always pictured Christianity as a religion that preached love and peace. But if what Coulter says is true of Christian beliefs I guess I was mislead. Christianity is just one more doctrine of hate in the world. And that's really sad.

I am a half-Jewish and half-Catholic mongrel and not in that particular order. Due to family pressures, I switch-hit either as the occassion calls for. I sing Cher's song "Half-Breed" as "Half-Hebe" badly when drunk enough. The humorous part of this nedia "controversy" is that Deutch pressed Ann to make this appear that she was critiizing the Jews as imperfect. Watch the video of Ann's remarks. This was all Deutch, not Ann. The literary way in which Ann used the term "Perfected" is not her term but one found in older Eurpoean literature including some famous books aboutthe Holocaust. Deutch was stumping for ratings for his show by playing a staged angle on Ann and he pulled it off nicely. What amazes me is how so many go for media manipulation. Waht I cannto tell is whether or not Ann was in on it. It does not appear that she was by her reactions in the video. Actually, Deutch helped increase sales of Ann's newest book which I have read and enjoyed and it is number 3 on the best seller list. Too bad it is not number 1! Keep falling for whatever the media feeds you. The economy depends on it.

Gee I'm glad to read all the outrage over noted anti-semite ann coulter. Funny i see no comment or blog from lynn sweet calling for the censure of lee bollinger for inviting the leader of Iran a terriost, anti-semite, and ruthless dictator to speak at Colombia. Nor do I see any outrage or comments on this from he readers of this blog concerning this. Oh pardon me I forgot. That was protected free speech something i guess ann is not entitled to no matter how stupid. I am truly amazed at a menber of the press calling for the silencing of someone whom she doesn't like or agree with. But then again the first amendemnt is meant for those who i agree with not whom i disagree with right lynn?. by the way is this a blog or a mouthpice for the Obama campaign lynn?

Gee I'm glad to read all the outrage over noted anti-semite ann coulter. Funny i see no comment or blog from lynn sweet calling for the censure of lee bollinger for inviting the leader of Iran a terriost, anti-semite, and ruthless dictator to speak at Colombia. Nor do I see any outrage or comments on this from he readers of this blog concerning this. Oh pardon me I forgot. That was protected free speech something i guess ann is not entitled to no matter how stupid. I am truly amazed at a menber of the press calling for the silencing of someone whom she doesn't like or agree with. But then again the first amendemnt is meant for those who i agree with not whom i disagree with right lynn?. by the way is this a blog or a mouthpice for the Obama campaign lynn?

To those who say that removing Ann from the airwaves is an attack on free speech: You are wrong.

Ann is perfectly free to stand on a street corner and say whatever she wants. But when it comes to the broadcast media, the people and the advertisers do have some control over who gets access to the airwaves.

Email a complaint to the sponsors of the shows on which she appears--thousands of complaints--and watch those sponsors disappear regardless of the ratings she brings in.

The way I read the transcript one can see how Deutsch is baiting Coulter to say things off the cuff and not ordinarily how she might phrase it.

I think the sentiment really is that we would all be better off to find the commonalities in all religions so we can coexist peacefully--the Middle East has been a hotbed for centuries. You don't see the Arabs and the Israelis coming up with the solutions, it's always the Christian American Presidents who persist in trying to keep them from killing each other..perhaps we should just let them work their differences out themselves and withdraw from a conflict that isn't ours.

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