Conservative celebrity Ann Coulter on Monday defended GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's anti-gay remarks.

In an appearance on Fox News' O'Reilly Factor, Coulter defended Tea Party favorite Paladino for telling a group of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn that his opposition to gay marriage stems from not wanting children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality” is acceptable.

“I think someone on this network should [defend him],” she told host Bill O'Reilly.

“I think it's a little offensive to merge gays and gay left-wing activists. That was the only thing he was condemning,” Coulter claimed. “That's all he did!”

“He's speaking to Hasidim [conservative Jews] … it's like going to Chicago. You say, 'Go Cubs,'” she added.

Referring to the fact that for Paladino to win the election he needed to reach out to independents, O'Reilly countered that “everybody but you in the world agrees this ain't gonna help the guy.”

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn also weighed in on the issue. Speaking to MSNBC's Contessa Brewer on Monday, the openly lesbian lawmaker linked anti-gay speeches to hate crimes and claimed that Paladino had “hurt people.”