City Officials Met with New Braunfels Trump Train Members Day Before Election
City of New Braunfels officials and police met with members of the New Braunfels Trump Train last night, according to a Facebook post by Randi Ceh, wife of organizer Steve Ceh.
The local Trump Train made international headlines last Friday after dozens of its members, their vehicles festooned with flags, at least one waving the Confederate flag, swarmed a Biden-Harris bus they believed was carrying U.S. vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris to a campaign event at Texas State University in San Marcos.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident. Yesterday, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra asked the FBI to also look into why law enforcement did not respond to 911 calls from inside the Biden-Harris bus.
Many on social media have expressed concerns that the Trump Train — which told MyCanyonLake.com it rides with the Three Percenters, a far-right militia group — might do something dangerous in New Braunfels during or after the 2020 General Election, and that law enforcement will protect them.
They say local government and police are too cozy with its membership.
However, the group also is supported by the Republican Party, which hosted a voter-registration drive at one of its events, and with politicians like Texas Sen. Donna Campbell, who represents Canyon Lake in District 25 and led a prayer vigil at a Trump Train rally less than 24 hours before the Friday incident.
The meeting with New Braunfels officials was not publicized in advance, but acccording to Ceh’s post on the closed Facebook page Trump Train NB it included Mayor Rusty Brockman, City Manager Robert Camareno, New Braunfels Police Department (NBPD) Assistant Chief of Police Joe Vargas, NBPD Operations Captain Michael Penshorn and New Braunfels City Councilmember Justin Meadows, District 2.
There was no violation of the Open Meetings Act, because there was not a quorum of four elected officials. It is unclear who called the meeting.
City of New Braunfels Communications Coordinator David Ferguson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Thursday Campbell, who is an emergency-room physician, urged members to pray that God will help President Donald Trump get reelected.
“We’ve done all that we can, please bring it in on Nov. 3 for Trump, another four years in Jesus’ name Lord thank you, amen,” Campbell said to a large crowd gathered in the parking lot of local tubing outfitter Rockin R just before their Thursday ‘train’ around New Braunfels.
“…We’re going to start this Trump Train, which is wonderful, and we’re going to have everybody out there to support and bring our president home for Nov. 3, right?”
A video posted by the New Braunfels Trump Train today on YouTube opens with voices chanting the prayer, “Our Father, who art in heaven,” as the train rolls through New Braunfels. Later in the video it passes directly in front of Comal’s County courthouse as a country singer croons: “…if there’s a rebel around, you know it’s gonna be one of us…we’re born and bred to be dangerous…some would say we’re too loud, some would say we’re too proud…we are lions.”
A Trump Train election watch party is planned this evening at Freiheit Country Store.