Conservative author Ann Coulter finds herself in the middle of a firestorm once again after remarks on a CNBC television show in which she said Jews need "to be perfected" and suggested the nation would be better off if it were all-Christian.
Appearing on "The Big Idea" with host Donny Deutsch on Monday, she said Christians were tolerant of racial diversity but that it "would be a lot easier" for Jews if they were to become Christians.
Deutsch, who described himself as a practicing Jew on the show, was clearly dismayed by the remarks, which he called "hateful" and "antisemitic."
In her defense, Coulter apologized for the remarks and said they were misinterpreted.
"I don't think you should take it that way (as offensive), but that is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews. We believe the Old Testament," she said.
Deutsch told Adweek magazine that he had invited Coulter on to discuss her "brand strategy" but that the topic drifted into politics. After Deutsch was offended by Coulter's remarks, he said, "I think she got frightened that maybe she had crossed a line, that this was maybe a faux pas of great proportions."
After the comments were made on the late-night cable show, they were picked up by several online magazines and began gaining momentum in the blogosphere.
Coulter has a history of making inflammatory remarks on Deutsch's show and elsewhere.
Last year she told Deutsch that former President Bill Clinton showed "some level of latent homosexuality" and then followed it up by telling Chris Matthews on MSNBC that former Vice President Al Gore was a "total fag."
In one of her books she lashed out at 9/11 widows, saying, “I’ve never seen people enjoying their husbands’ deaths so much.”