Florida GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz appeared Thursday night on Fox News with his newly revealed 19-year-old “son,” Nestor Galban.
Gaetz surprised social media users Thursday afternoon by revealing he has a Cuban-born “son” after a fiery exchange with Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) a day earlier where Gaetz accused Richmond of suggesting Republicans do not know what it’s like to worry about raising a non-white child.
“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,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter. “I am so proud of him and raising him has been the best, most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life.”
Gaetz added that Nestor had come to the U.S. when he was 12, and was now 19 and soon to head off to college.
“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,” Gaetz continued. “Well, I have.”
Both Gaetz and Galban took shots at Rep. Richmond during their Fox News appearance.
Nestor and Matt Gaetz appears on Tucker Carlson pic.twitter.com/BM4duty3N4
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 19, 2020
While Gaetz claims Nestor is his son — it does not appear he has formally adopted him, and he has previously referred to him in social media posts as a “helper,” a “House page,” and a “local student.”
According to court records, it appears Gaetz served as the attorney in Nestor’s 2016 custody hearing, not his adoptive parent. It also appears the custody hearing was between a woman named Maisbel Mendez and a Nestor Galban Sr.
what’s the date on that?
in June 2016 Gaetz served as “attorney” (not adopted parent) in a “concurrent custody for extended family” case involving his “son”. huh. pic.twitter.com/4L8ngKxu4h
— Caledonia (@newspaperless) June 18, 2020
Love you Nestor!
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 18, 2020