While California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte challenged “all comers” to a cannonball contest at a waterpark far away from the national convention in Cleveland on Saturday, delegates gathered at the bar to take selfies with a woman whose grimace went viral after demonstrators pelted her with eggs outside a Donald Trump rally last month in San Jose.
Rachel Casey, a 29-year-old physical therapist, is a plaintiff in a civil rights lawsuit alleging police failed to protect her and other Trump supporters from protesters at the June 2 rally. Casey said she spent just six weeks living in San Jose, but the photo of her wiping raw egg from her face caused a stir online, and helped her snag an invitation to the delegation’s opening reception at the Kalahari Resort.
She said the image showed the country “that there are many young women ... out there who are supporting Donald Trump.” She received some criticism after telling the TV show “Inside Edition” that she may have “egged” on demonstrators.
She and the other plaintiffs are represented by San Francisco attorney Harmeet Dhillon, the vice chair of the California Republican Party.
Casey was introduced Saturday evening by Tim Clark, Trump’s political director in California.
“She’s tough as nails,” he said to cheers. “It took a hundred protesters and they couldn’t take her out. We asked her to come join us in Cleveland because she certainly earned it, right?”
Casey, who now lives in her native Florida, said she brought the Trump jersey she wore to the rally in the hopes that the New York businessman will sign it this week in Cleveland.
Asked about her chances of meeting Trump, Casey said, “There has been a lot of talk about it ... but we’ll see.