Florida GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz took to Twitter on Friday to declare that he is “not gay” after appearing on Fox News Thursday night 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.”
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
In March 2016, Gaetz posted a photo on Facebook of him and two “local students,” one of them who is Nestor.
“It was great working with local students Sofia Burleson and Nestor Galban in Tallahassee this last week,” the post said. “They were fantastic House pages!”
Gaetz also posted a video in December 2017 in which he refers to Nestor as his “helper.”
not too long ago Nestor was a “helper” so is adoption an upgrade or downgradepic.twitter.com/fzQIcQFawj
— Will Feels Like #FreeNestor Should Be Trending (@bywillpollock) June 18, 2020
Naturally, social media users had many questions about Gaetz’s sudden decision to reveal he had a “son” to score political points against Rep. Cedric Richmond.
In response to the questions and insinuations that he might be gay, Gaetz lashed out on Twitter, writing: “I’ve honestly never understood this gay shaming smear. Are you saying being gay is something to be ashamed of? I’m not gay, but I don’t think it would be if I were. How do gay people feel when a straight person is accused of being gay as some sort of dig? The New Woke is mean.”
Ive honestly never understood this gay shaming smear.
Are you saying being gay is something to be ashamed of? I’m not gay, but I don’t think it would be if I were.
How do gay people feel when a straight person is accused of being gay as some sort of dig?
The New Woke is mean. https://t.co/E3la978ZSA
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 19, 2020