Likeliest scenario:

Gaetz is just drastically exaggerating his relationship with this kid. Gaetz dated his mom or sister and has kind of took him under his wing. Maybe once or twice a year they do something together and Gaetz helps him out financially sometimes. So to say "I know what it is like to raise minority children because sometimes I hang out with a Cuban kid" would be very deceitful and fits Matt Gaetz's overall character.

Because nothing says "family values" like claiming you're single until it benefits you not to be and how you're "so proud" of the son you've been calling a "helper" for at least 3 years.

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