An incredibly awkward exchange unfolded on CNN this week after a Republican congressman made an analogy about the Immaculate Conception that left host Chris Cuomo profoundly confused.
The biblical analogy came when Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) discussed missing FBI text messages that were sent by bureau employees before the 2016 election — messages that some believe could help bolster the notion that some in the FBI hold a bias against President Donald Trump.
Gaetz apparently said during a previous Fox News interview that the initial disappearance of the texts, which have since been recovered, was “the greatest coincidence since the Immaculate Conception,” a comparison Cuomo just didn’t seem to understand.
“What do you mean by the Immaculate Conception?” Cuomo asked the congressman, to which Gaetz responded, “Look, I was making the point that this was an absurd coincidence.”
But Cuomo wasn’t willing to let the analogy go so easily, continuing his line of questioning. He continued, “What do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?”
Gaetz, who seemed slightly annoyed that Cuomo was asking about his “religious views,” said that he is a Christian and that he believes the Immaculate Conception was “how Jesus was born.” Once again, Cuomo pounced.
“The Immaculate Conception is not how Jesus was born. … It was Mary’s conception,” he said. “It was the mother’s conception without original sin. It was not the conception of Jesus. Facts matter, Congressman. If you’re going to make an analogy at least know what you’re talking about.”
Watch the awkward exchange below:
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) January 25, 2018