Organizers Expect Hundreds at Thursday’s New Braunfels Trump Train Event
Organizers of the New Braunfels Trump Train say they expect as many as 400 vehicles to show up at 6:30 p.m. Thursday near Hobby Lobby in the Creekside parking lot, drivers and passengers ready to wind their cars slowly through New Braunfels, flying flags, honking horns and cheering for President Donald Trump.
The parade route passes right in front of Gruene Hall, where organizer Steve Ceh said people pull up chairs to cheer them on as business owners wave to drivers from their front porches.
“It’s really caught on,” said Ceh, who organized the very first Trump car parade, which was small, nine weeks ago.
He said the parade has swelled in popularity since people lost their fear of how the community might react.
“I think the media has put a fear on people, and nobody wanted to come out,” he said. “They were fearful for Antifa, Black Lives Matter and just plain Marxists coming out and physically intimidating them. Some people are in fear that they’ll ruin their cars, they’ll throw something at their cars.”
To watch a video of the Aug. 27 Trump Train, click here.
That hasn’t happened, but if it does, Ceh said he has a good relationship with the New Braunfels Police Department, which keeps a watchful eye out for trouble. Also, riding in the parade are Three Percenters, another citizens group that advocates for patriotism and gun rights.
“We represent our president,” Ceh said. “And we want the reflection of that to be a good group of patriots.”
The New Braunfels Trump Train’s two parade routes take between 45 minutes to one hour to complete.
But the New Braunfels Trump Train also is a social event for the many who congregate in the Creekside parking lot. People can buy flagpoles for their vehicles.
Wife Randi Ceh, who also runs the New Braunfels Trump Train’s Facebook page, which has 3,400 members, said she and her daughter pass out face masks and maps. People enjoy visiting with each other before Steve leads the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and cars and trucks pull out.
People enjoy getting out after the long COVID-19 quarantine and like the camaraderie of the large gathering. Some have dogs in their cars.
“You want to be able to talk to everybody,” said Randi, who mades the rounds in the Creekside parking lot. She encourages mask-wearing and social distancing. Some people will only roll down their car windows but others shake hands and hug.
Those who show up are mainly middle-aged or older, she said.
The event is a family affair for the Cehs.
Their five children range in age from 17 to 26, and also support the Trump train’s New Braunfels through Instagram and Youtube.
Son Tyler rides in the lead car, carrying a large American flag throughout the entire parade.
“It’s phenomenal man, it’s awesome,” Steve Ceh said.
Carolyn Besselman, president of the Canyon Lake Women Republicans Club calls the New Braunfels Trump Train a “sight to behold.”
“Who needs a Trump rally when you have this,” she said. “It was really inspirational to say the least because people had music going in the back of trucks, dogs were wearing USA attire, all kinds of stuff. It was great.”
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I’m voting for respect, fairness, equality, truth, our planet, courage, community, clarity, debt relief, higher wages, public education, health care for all, logic, history, environment, reverence for democracy AND against bullying, fear, hate, racism, assault weapons, callousness, chaos and complete disregard for goodness and decency.
I have no problem with PEACEFUL parades as long as it remains so. Your Trump Train has the right to move through the city. You have the right to exercise freedom of speech just as I do (I am not a Trump supporter). I respect all that.
My concern is of what has already occurred; people of other races being called the ‘N’ word, or being told “to go back where you came from.” Those rhetorics are what causes unnecessary riots. All it takes is one person to loose control and throw a bottle, or better yet, a brick through a store window; destroying a business that employs one who is trying to make a living honestly and fairly. Then you have the rioters of other cities coming in and……need I say more? Then we have another Portland, Seattle, LA, etc, on our hands. We don’t want that here in New Braunfels. Go ahead and have your parade, just keep it honest and keep it peaceful, and don’t infringe on the other people’s right to not want to be a part of your train.
Thank you for your non-bias opinion. There have been a couple of rumor and accusations but no supporting video or pictures. When we do see any inappropriate behavior we do our best to address it. If there is a riot, looting or businesses burned like Portland rest assured it will not be by us. Our side may have one or two bad apples that we deal with as discovered it’s the left that is violent.
I am voting for the Republican Party Platform because I don’t agree with the Democrat Platform.
I participated in the Trump Train because I am sick and tired of being called a gun loving, misogynistic , homophobic racist opposed to a woman’s rights just because I don’t agree with their platform. I am a disabled Viet Nam vet and conservative Roman Catholic. From that you can assume that I am patriotic and pro-life. Biden’s party of diversity won’t accept that.
It comes down to anti-American socialist or law and order love of America.
Tim states we don’t do masks! We greet each other with handshakes! Where is law enforcement enforcing mask requirements? This arrogance gets people sick and killed. Latest school reports show a number of covid infections from poor school board planning. And hydroxychloroquine is a cure because our President states it so when it has been proven not effective! Get the additional ventilators ready in two weeks from these reckless folks.
The level to which most people chose to stay ignorantly uninformed is amazing.
Get involved Bobby. It is not a law it is a mandate and I not enforceable by law enforcement. Please read and learn it is this blind gullible ignorance that puts us in these messes!
Y’all are cute. Last hurrah of a dying breed. I get it. Have your racist fun while you can! November is nigh.
#SilentMajorityisnigh! 4 more years. 🙂
If Mrs. Che passes out face masks, where are they in this picture that also shows no social distancing? Also, there is no need to blow diesel smoke everywhere. I myself, live on Creekside Way, and don’t appreciate the long wait time to get to my home after work getting caught up behind this.
Sorry we don’t do mask. We do however shake hands and great each other like normal people. Haven’t you listened to the news? You can’t catch covid at a protest! If it breaks your heart just let us know, we also give hugs!
Please do not drive through my neighborhood with music blaring, I like it peaceful and quiet. Please remember that loud noises also trigger PTSD in vets (and others). Thank you.
BTW, I find it interesting the organizers of the parade say people were afraid to participate originally because of fear…but when Pam expresses her fears, she is attacked. All of us would benefit for leaving our fear at the door and trying to care/love our neighbor (regardless of color, political affiliation, etc) as much as we care about ourselves.
Election results will speak for themselves. There is that silent majority that will speak at the polls in Nov.
Have your parade, keep it peaceful.
I think it’s great to show supporters we are still out here standing strong . We are proud of his many accomplishments . President Trump has a can do attitude. . Proud Texas Vietnam Veteran . Pres. Trump will Gitter Done. YALL .
Dems are ok to have there 4 car Biden train.
Lmao it’s their not there
So explain to me why a trump train would spark a BLM country protest? Are you saying that Trump is anti-
Black? What is your fear in an almost all white town where you are belligerently impeded on shoppers who may not support your cause.
Why do they feel the need to parade around with their monster trucks and over sized Trump flags? Are they over compensating for something? Are they trying to intimidate those of use who would vote for Biden? Are they trying to intimidate POC? Are they trying to intimidate LGBTQ individuals? Are they that proud of their hatred for anyone that isn’t white, rich and male? Are the woman so intimidated by thier significant others that they vote for a man that has abused and raped women? That has public stated that he would love to have sex with his daughter? Are they that scared that they are going to lose in November that they have to use a show of force to say “See we are going to win inNovember. There are so many of us. So don’t bother going to the polls and voting for that other guy!” I don’t understand that need to do this.
No ones trying to intimidate anyone. We are proud of what he has done. And before you call me a racist or something else let me say I stand behind him
100% for what he has done for my career in the gas and oil field and that alone.
If you’re offended by this group maybe you should organize a Biden flag parade.
Sounds like someone has issues.
You read too much into. Can’t we just show pride in what we believe or are you so cynical with you opinion of others you can’t see that.
Believe it or not most of us don’t care what color your skin is or what your sexual preference is. We believe in the constitution and respect omg rights, yes even yours.
Do you not realize that there are plenty of LGBTQ and POC that are proTrump? If you compare what you think of Trump ie if you vote for him you are racist because YOU think he is then I guess since you are a Biden fan you must be a pedophile? Since that’s the logic you are going with. ALSO there are PLENTY of women who are proTrump. Has nothing to do with their spouses. You know we do have a brain of our own 😉 Also why would you think it’s to intimidate people? Do you really think that’s the reason? Sorry we arent BLM and Antifa we don’t go out intimating people. We are PROUD Trump supporters and PROUD Americans. If you think that we are trying to intimidate you that’s your own problem. Its a free world out there. We are able to be proud and show the world that we are proud. Just like everyone else can. Maybe you should do something for Biden if you care so much for him but funny thing is it doesn’t seem like any of his followers are proud enough to do something like this for him. Also no we don’t need to compensate for anything we ALL know that we are proud and STRONG men and women.