CNN's Cuomo calls out GOP lawmaker for using religious term incorrectly

CNN's Chris Cuomo called out Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzLara Trump campaigns with far-right activist candidate Laura Loomer in Florida House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from GOP convention night 1 MORE (R- Fla.) for using the term "Immaculate Conception" without knowing what it meant.

Gaetz said the missing FBI text messages was the biggest "coincidence since the Immaculate Conception."

During an interview on CNN, he was pressed on what he meant when he used that phrase.

"I was making a point that this is an absurd coincidence," Gaetz said during an interview on CNN.


Cuomo pressed Gaetz, asking him what he thinks happened with the Immaculate Conception.

Gaetz said the Immaculate Conception "deals with the Christian faith."

"Where is the analogy, that's what I don't understand. What do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?" Cuomo asked again.

"Look, did you really bring me on to discuss my religious views?" Gaetz asked. “I’m a Christian. I believe that the Immaculate Conception was how Jesus was born.”

Cuomo shot back, saying the Immaculate Conception was not how Jesus was born.

"It was Mary's conception. It was the mother's conception without original sin. It was not the conception of Jesus," Cuomo said.

"Facts matter, congressman. If you're going to make an analogy, at least know what you're talking about."

In religious doctrine, the Immaculate Conception is the conception of the Virgin Mary. It is often confused with the Doctrine of Incarnation, which covers the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.

The interaction comes after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report MORE announced the Justice Department would investigate missing text messages sent between two FBI agents critical of President Trump, joining the chorus of Republican lawmakers who are eager to recover the messages.

GOP officials have seized on messages between the two FBI officials as evidence of FBI bias in targeting Trump in the probes into Russian election meddling while giving Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE a pass in her use of a private email server while secretary of State.