Wednesday night, Republican congressman Matt Gaetz was on CNN with its affirmative action hire, Chris Cuomo. It was typical Cuomo: belligerent, bullying, and totally devoid of any knowledge of the issue. They were throwing poo at each other over the missing Strzok/Page text messages and what the exact meaning of “secret society” was. Then this surreal event happened.
This is actually a very fair assessment of the issue.
Then Cuomo goes for the capillaries.
Cuomo: What do you mean by the Immaculate Conception?
Gaetz: Look, I was making a point that this is an absurd coincidence.
Cuomo: By what? What do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?
Gaetz: The immaculate conception, it’s obviously a religious doctrine that deals with the Christian faith.
Cuomo: I know. Where is the analogy? That’s what I don’t understand. What do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?
Gaetz: Look, did you really bring me on to discuss my religious views, Chris? I’m a Christian and I believe the Immaculate Conception was how Jesus was born.
Cuomo: I’m saying you made the analogy, and I don’t understand. The Immaculate Conception is not how Jesus was born.
Gaetz: It was the conception. That’s the nature of the Immaculate Conception.
Cuomo: No, it wasn’t. It was Mary’s conception. 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 because you’ve got to have a basis for these things. You only know what you show. You’ve got to release that memo. It’s got to have the facts and you better figure out what this ‘secret society’ is before you say there’s a shadow organization within the FBI.
Gaetz: We intend to. We intend to, absolutely. We intend to find out what it is. That’s why the American people have been learning more and more about the intractable bias in this investigation.
Cuomo: They need facts to back it up and when they get them, you know where you’re welcome to come on and make the case. Right here. Appreciate you taking the opportunity.
Gaetz: Thank you.
First off, Matt Gaetz is a Baptist and is definitely not responsible for knowing what the Immaculate Conception is (though Cuomo, also a Protestant, does know what it is). Regardless of what it means, the analogy works. The Immaculate Conception is a mystery–that is, a supernatural religious occurrence–in the same way as the Annunciation, the Resurrection, and the Assumption. I think Gaetz knows enough of what he’s talking about here to say that hazing him over theological concepts outside his religious tradition is just douchebaggery on the part of Cuomo.
Then the smarmy, doltish Chris Cillizza devotes an entire column to it.
Not knowing the difference isn’t the end of the world. Lots and lots of Christians — although not Cuomo! — wrongly believe that the Immaculate Conception refers to the fact that Jesus was conceived without Mary and Joseph having sex.
The problem for Gaetz is that he uses this comparison in an attempt to illustrate what he believes to be the massive — and not coincidental — coincidence that the FBI can’t find text messages from a critical period of time as it relates to the Russia investigation.
Obviously, as Cuomo points out, that alleged un-coincidence has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Mary was born without original sin.
Factually, Chris, Protestants don’t believe in the Immaculate Conception–it was rejected by Martin Luther–so, really, if Gaetz wants to believe it applies to the conception of Christ, well there is nothing really wrong with that. But to pursue Cillizza’s #HotTake, if Gaetz had said the Annunciation and that analogy was okay, then using the wrong terminology for the same kind of event is not wrong. Unless CNN is now the analogy police. And, as I say above, the analogy still works no matter whom you believe was being conceived. And, as Cuomo is open and notoriously a pro-abort, he’s actually not a Catholic. He may ape Catholic ritual but he holds a belief that is condemned by the Church and that makes him a protestant.
What did this prove? Other than Cuomo is a pencil-necked dick? Nothing. Not a thing. Other than CNN really has no sense of journalism or integrity. But they didn’t need to prove that, that was established years ago