Matt Gaetz Trots Out “Adopted” Son On Fox News

Fox News reports:

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday alongside his adopted, Cuban-born son Nestor one day after Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., claimed that Gaetz and his Republican colleagues do not understand what it’s like to raise minority children.

“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,” Gaetz told host Tucker Carlson. “Nestor is the light of my life. I couldn’t imagine loving him any more if he was my own flesh and blood.

The Washington Post reports:

Many raised doubts about Gaetz’s claim of a secret son. He never mentioned his son in his biographical data or elsewhere. An old photo surfaced online of Gaetz with Nestor in which the congressman refers to him as a “local student.”

Gaetz told People Magazine in an interview that he never formally adopted 19-year-old Nestor but that Nestor has lived with him since immigrating from Cuba at age 12.

Many skeptics questioned Gaetz’s story, and throughout the day “Nestor” trended on Twitter. Former Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) defended Gaetz, who she said is a friend. “He talks about Nestor more than anything, has done so much for his son & is truly a proud dad,” Hill tweeted.