For all those wondering, this is my son Nestor. We share no blood but he is my life. He came from Cuba (legally, of course) six years ago and lives with me in Florida.
I am so proud of him and raising him has been the best, most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life. pic.twitter.com/JB96wzOzYU
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 18, 2020
What the shit is this?
Courtesy of Yahoo News:
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said on Thursday that he lives with a Cuban immigrant named Nestor whom he calls his son.
“For all those wondering, this is my son Nestor,” Gaetz tweeted along with a photo of him and the man he identified as Nestor. “We share no blood but he is my life. He came from Cuba (legally, of course) six years ago and lives with me in Florida. I am so proud of him and raising him has been the best, most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life.”
The Florida congressman’s tweets came after he got into a shouting match with Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond at a House hearing this week on police reform.
After Richmond discussed the injustice that Black people like him and his son face, Gaetz interjected and asked, “Are you suggesting that you’re certain none of us have nonwhite children? Because you reflect on your Black son, and you said none of us could understand.”
Gaetz has previously posted photos and videos featuring Nestor in which he described him as a “local student” and a “helper.” But Thursday was the first time he publicly referred to Nestor as his son.
When this story popped up on Thursday I quite literally did not know what to make of it.
First off Matt Gaetz is a 38-year-old unmarried man who now claims that he has been raising a Cuban teenager as his son for the last seven years.
From what I have gleaned from the internet Nestor was the son of a woman whose sister Gaetz was dating.
When that woman died Gaetz took the boy in, or mentored him, or groomed him for some reason, the facts are a little fuzzy.
Here he is at his parent’s house referring to Nester as “his helper.”
In Dec. 2017, Matt Gaetz refers to his Cuban son, Nestor, as his “helper.” pic.twitter.com/XsA3VOIRHq
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) June 18, 2020
Look, this whole thing may be totally copacetic, but you have to admit it all seems very odd.