(Liberty Bell) – Congressman Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, recently got into a rather heated exchange with Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond over raising kids of color, leaving many folks wondering where the aggression and hostility came from during the hearing.
Well, as it turns out, there’s actually a pretty good reason for his frustration with Richmond. A day after the exchange took place, Gaetz revealed that he’s raising an adopted son from Cuba and has been for the last six years, which is why he got so passionate during the hearing.
So many people on the left just automatically believe that if you’re a conservative you are a racist person who hates anyone that has a different color of skin or belongs to a different culture, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s an awful stereotype and those who indulge it and yet claim to be tolerant and understanding should feel ashamed of their hypocrisy.
Here’s more on this story from The Daily Wire:
“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,” said Gaetz. “I am so proud of him and raising him has been the best, most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life.”
“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,” he said. “Well, I have.”
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
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.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 18, 2020
In an interview with People Magazine, Gaetz revealed that he began raising Nestor shortly after he arrived from Cuba around age 12, with the exception of a period of time when Nestor lived with his biological father during his junior year of high school.
How sad is it that the left is so desperate to paint the right as completely ignorant of race issues that they would paint every person in the movement with broadstrokes and assume they cannot relate to the struggles of raising a child from a different ethnicity? Folks, plenty of conservative individuals and families adopt kids who are black and from other minority cultures. This happens all the time.
At the time Nestor came to the United States, Gaetz was dating Nestor’s older sister and the boy’s mother had just died of breast cancer. People Magazine notes that Gaetz declined to elaborate on Nestor’s relationship with his biological relatives.
“My work with Nestor, our family, no element of my public service could compare to the joy that our family has brought me,” said Gaetz.
The congressman, who was a state legislator at the time he says he informally took in Nestor, says he kept Nestor from the public eye for privacy reasons: “I felt like coming to the country, dealing with the death of a mother, learning English and enduring the normal trials and tribulations of high school and middle school were enough on the young man’s plate.”
But Gaetz now says Nestor, who is 19 and getting ready for college, is ready to identify himself with the congressman. After Gaetz made the announcement, Nestor replied from his own Twitter account: “I love you, keep up the good work, we all support you and love you.”
According to The Washington Post, Richmond declined to respond to the news about Gaetz’ family announcement, but suggested that the congressman may not have prepared his son for how to interact with the police as a person of color.
“From his display yesterday, I don’t think that son is going to get an adequate talk that goes with being a person of color in America because I think that the congressman doesn’t get it,” said Richmond. “We all know that the talk that you have to have, especially with young black males and males of color, about their interactions with police — I’m not sure he has the life experience to give that.”
Well, now, that doesn’t seem like a very tolerant thing to say, now does it? Assuming that Gaetz hasn’t adequately prepared his child to enter the real world as an adult, regardless of his color, is an insult of the highest order. Richmond ought to be ashamed of himself for making such a statement.
In the interview with People Magazine, Gaetz suggested otherwise, explaining that he’s “had ‘the talk’ with Nestor about how to interact with law enforcement,” and that it’s “probably a different talk than I would have had if I had a white son.”
During the committee hearing, Richmond suggested that other members of congress didn’t have the same worries as him, on account that he is black, has been a victim of excessive force in the past, and also has a black son. Later in the hearing, Gaetz pushed back: “Are you suggesting that you’re certain that none of us have non-white children?”
“Matt, Matt, stop! I’m not about to get sidetracked about the color of our children,” responded Richmond, which prompted some back and forth related to procedure. “I already know that there are people on the other side that have black grandchildren. It is not about the color of your kids, it is about black males — black people in the streets — that are getting killed. 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 issued a forceful reply: “You’re claiming you have more concern for my family than I do? Who in the hell do you think you are?”
“If the shoe fits,” replied Richmond.
“You don’t know how much we care about our families! This is outrageous! You should take those words down,” responded Gaetz. “I know you care about your family and love your family, so do we, damnit!”
The audacity of what Richmond said to Gaetz about more or less claiming to love his family more than he does is the kind of absurd rhetoric that has come to define the Democratic Party in the 21st century, especially over the last few years.
A mindset exists in modern progressives that has convinced them they truly know what’s better for us than we do individually. Richmond’s comments clearly demonstrate that way of thinking. This is why we continue to fight against the leftist ideology sweeping our nation. It leads to a sickening groupthink that is destructive to the individualism that has made America the greatest nation in the world.