Hershey, PA – At Friday’s rally in Hershey GOP nominee Donald Trump claimed the Pennsylvania election is “rigged because the Secretary is a Mexican.”
Standing behind his continued claim that the election is rigged, Trump told a raucous crowd of angry white supporters that the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a Mexican and will keep him from winning the state.
Trump was referring to Secretary Pedro Cortés who is actually not a Mexican, but an American of Puerto Rican descent with a distinguished and honorable career serving the citizens of Pennsylvania.
Cortés is the Commonwealth’s Chief Election and was named Acting Pennsylvania Secretary of State by Governor Tom Wolf on January 20, 2015 and confirmed by the Senate on June 2, 2015. He previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth from 2003 to 2010.
We reached out to the Trump campaign who commented, “Puerto Rican, Mexican, whatever. They’re all the same.”