CNN reporter Chris Cuomo blasted Rep. Matt Gaetz (R- Fla.) during a T.V. interview yesterday after Gaetz incorrectly used the term ‘Immaculate Conception’ in an analogy.

Gaetz and Cuomo were discussing the missing text messages from two FBI agents that will be investigated by the Justice Department. Some members of GOP have said they believe these texts will prove FBI bias towards Hillary Clinton.

In the interview, Gaetz attempts to make an analogy, saying that the missing text messages are the “biggest coincidence since the Immaculate Conception.”

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Not following the analogy, Cuomo presses Gaetz to define the Immaculate Conception.

“What do you mean by the Immaculate Conception?” Cuomo asked.

“Look I was making a point that this was an absurd coincidence,” Gaetz responded.

“But what do you think happened with the Immaculate Conception?” Cuomo pressed.

After responding that it’s a Christian religious doctrine, Gaetz said he believed the Immaculate Conception referred to “how Jesus was born.”

“The Immaculate Conception is not how Jesus was born,” Cuomo said.

“It’s the conception, that’s the nature of the Immaculate Conception,” Gaetz responded.

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“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,” Cuomo said. “Facts matter, Congressman. If you’re going to make an analogy at least know what you’re talking about, because you have to have a basis for these things.”

The Immaculate Conception is a Catholic teaching often mistakenly thought to refer to Jesus’ conception.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (491):

“That is what the dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: ‘The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.‘”