He says his son came from Cuba when the boy was 12.
Matt Gaetz is a dad, apparently.
The Republican Representative suddenly announced as much on Twitter on Thursday, sharing a pic with his now 19-year-old son, Nestor.
"For all those wondering, this is my son Nestor," he wrote. "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."
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.
He continued: "Nestor turned 19 a few days ago & will be off to University. He arrived here at 12. 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."
That fellow Congressman was Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond; the two men had gotten into a heated debate about police brutality in the House the day before.
While discussing the Justice in Policing Act, Richmond lashed out at his white GOP colleagues, saying they did not know what it was like having a black son, and were guilty of unconscious bias at best, and at worst, conscious bias; Gaetz countered by asking if he was suggesting that none of the GOP congressmen had any non-white children.
"It is not about the color of your kids," Richmond fired back, per the Daily Beast, saying Black people were getting killed in the streets; "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 exploded: "You're claiming you have more concern about my family than I do? Who in the hell do you think you are?"
Gaetz — who is unmarried and, up to this point at least, appeared to be childless — waited until the following day to drop his bombshell.
After recovering from the initial shock, Twitter began to wonder why it had never heard of Nestor before, especially considering Gaetz's self-professed pride.
It didn't take long for Twitter users to mockingly dig back through their social media history through the years:
How did you get introduced to a 12 year old from Cuba? One that you never actually adopted, and have never spoken about until you needed to tokenize him? I also remember you were the only person to vote against a human trafficking bill in 2017. Interesting.