FLORIDA Representative Matt Gaetz revealed on Thursday he has a 19-year-old “son” who he’s raised with him in Florida.
Gaetz, a 38-year-old Republican, tweeted about the man, named Nestor Galban, after his explosive spat with Representative Cedric Richmond, D-La.
Florida Rep Matt Gaetz and his ‘son’ Nestor are seen here in a photo the Republican congressman uploaded to Twitter on Thursday[/caption]
“We share no blood but he is my life,” Gaetz tweeted.
“He came from Cuba (legally, of course) six years ago and lives with me in Florida,” Gaetz wrote. “I am so proud of him and raising him has been the best, most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life.”
On Wednesday, Gaetz and Richmond got into a heated shouting match during a House hearing on police reform, and as House Judiciary Committee members heard arguments about designating Antifa a terrorist group.
Richmond said: “As a black male who went to the fifth-best public high school in the country, who was a victim of excessive force, who has a black son, who has worries that you all don’t.”
“To my colleagues, especially the ones that keep introducing amendments that are a tangent and a distraction from what we’re talking about, you all are white males.”
He continued: “You’ve never lived in my shoes, and you do not know what it’s like to be an African American male.”
Gaetz is seen here as he argues with Democratic Louisiana Rep Cedric Richmond on Wednesday[/caption]
Gaetz called Richmond’s remarks ‘outrageous’[/caption]
“And all I’m saying is if you are opposed to this legislation, let’s just have the vote, but please do not come in this committee room and make a mockery of the pain that exists in my community.”
Gaetz, a white man, said: “I appreciate your passion. Are you suggesting that you’re certain that none of us have non-white children?”
“Because you reflect on your black son, and you said none of us could understand.”
Richmond said he didn’t want to “get sidetracked about the color of our children,” and said: “It is not about the color of your kids.”
Gaetz and Richmond, seen here, got into a spat about raising children of color after Richmond seemingly implied members of the committee all had white kids[/caption]
“It is about black males, black people in the streets that are getting killed, and if one of them happens to be your kid, I’m concerned about him, too, and clearly, I’m more concerned about him than you are.”
Gaetz then retorted: “You’re claiming you have more concern for my family than I do? Who in the hell do you think you are?”
Richmond replied: “If the shoe fits.”
“This is outrageous,” Gaetz responded. “You should take those words down. I know you care about your family and love your family, so do we, damn it.”
“Was that a nerve?” Richmond asked Gaetz, who said: “Yeah, you’re damn right it was a nerve!”
Gaetz revealed Nestor on Thursday, tweeted that Nestor recently turned 19 and is headed off to college.
Gaetz and Nestor are seen here with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday[/caption]
Gaetz and Nestor are seen here in an undated photo[/caption]
The two are seen here together alongside a patriotic dog[/caption]
“As you can imagine, I was triggered when (to make an absurd debate point) a fellow congressman diminished the contributions of Republicans because we don’t raise non-white kids”
“Well, I have,” Gaetz said.
He later explained Nestor was 12 years old when he arrived in the US from Cuba, and said he was dating Nestor’s sister at the time.
Nestor’s mother had recently died from cancer when they all moved in together, he said.
“Our relationship as a family is defined by our love for each other, not by any paperwork,” Gaetz said.
The two appeared on Fox News later on Thursday.
Gaetz told host Tucker Carlson: “It is certainly offensive to have someone tell you that you don’t know what a certain experience is like when they know nothing about you.”
“Nestor is the light of my life. I couldn’t imagine loving him anymore if he was my own flesh and blood.”
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“I’ve raised him for the last six years, and he is the most remarkable young man,” Gaetz said. “I am proud of him.”
Nestor, for his part, said he woke up on Wednesday “to seeing all these tweets and I was like what is going on?”
“I think it’s unfair to tell someone that they don’t understand because of their racial color,” Nestor said, adding he thinks it’s hypocritical for people to claim they’re fighting for equality while dividing people by race.