CNN's Cuomo ridicules Paul Ryan for getting 'whooped up on' by returning House chaplain
Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Taking a break from discussing the firestorm that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani created after appearing on Sean Hannity's show on Wednesday night, CNN host Chris Cuomo took up the case of House Speaker Paul Ryan's botched attempt to oust the House chaplain -- who has now "un-resigned."


Late Thursday, Father Patrick Conroy rescinded his forced resignation as the House chaplain, writing that Ryan (R-WI) himself never personally demanded he step down.

"New Day" host Cuomo took a stab at trying to explain what happened.

"The reporting was that Ryan had told the chaplain to stay out of politics," Cuomo explained. "Whatever happened, the chaplain wound up resigning or offering to resign -- Ryan accepted it --  and then there was like a hailstorm of hate on Ryan's head for going after the chaplain."

"Then the chaplain rescinded his letter and Ryan accepted his rescission of the letter" the CNN host reported as his panel laughed. "What is going on here?"

"This is like 'The Real Housewives,' I mean, so much drama and reality TV," CNN contributor Nia-Malika Henderson offered. "A  father, a man of the cloth. Some of the reporting suggests that members of Congress weren't happy with him. They didn't feel like he was around enough. They didn't feel like he was available enough. "

"The problem seems to be that it was also handled poorly, that the father never got a sense of the why of the firing before it happened," she added. "I believe Paul Ryan didn't even do the firing himself, that he sent an aide to do it. And so this is what you get: you have a pullback of this resignation letter, which a lot of people didn't like."

"And Ryan just seemed to get whooped up on -- it seemed like the chaplain outplayed him politically," Cuomo laughed.

"Don't mess with the padre, this guy is tough," CNN legal expert Jeffrey Toobin joked.

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