Plaintiffs in Trump Train Lawsuit Have Until Sept. 13 to Respond to Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss
Members of the New Braunfels and Alamo City Trump trains who allegedly used their flag-festooned trucks and cars to swarm a Biden Harris campaign bus traveling along I-35 between San Antonio and San Marcos on Oct. 30, 2020 have asked a federal judge to dismiss charges they violated the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 and Texas law by organizing “a politically motivated conspiracy to disrupt the campaign and intimidate its supporters.”
Plaintiffs, including former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, have until Sept. 13 to respond to multiple motions that defendants filed in August in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Plaintiffs requested an extension and asked Judge Robert Pitman if they could exceed page limits in order to address each defendant’s motion.
Defendants in Cervini v. Cisneros include Eliazar Cisneros (with the Alamo City Trump Train), Hannah Ceh, Joeylynn Mesaros, Robert Mesaros, Dolores Park, and John and Jane Does.
All are represented by attorneys with the exception of Ceh, daughter of Trump Train founders Steve and Randi Ceh. She is representing herself “pro se.”
Plaintiffs are asking for compensatory and punitive damages and for defendants to pay legal fees incurred by the two lawsuits. They also say the incident caused psychological and emotional injury.
The Mesaros are publicly fundraising to pay their attorney’s fees.
On Givesendgo.com, they describe themselves as “hardworking, God-fearing patriots under attack for exercising their 1st Amendment right.”
Over the last several months they have raised $15,148 towards their $200,000 goal.
Joeylynn Mesaros also is fundraising for her defense and to keep her son in homeschool by selling “Biden is the Wurst” t-shirts for $28.
Najvar Law Firm LLC, which represents the Mesaros, described the federal lawsuit as “replete with lies and half-truths, illustrating that the plaintiffs cannot make a good case by sticking to the actual facts.”
Joeylynn Mesaros is scheduled to speak about her experiences and “pass the hat” for her legal funds at a 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 meeting of the Republican Club of Comal County at New Braunfels Christian Church, 734 North Loop 337, New Braunfels. She follows keynote speaker Texas state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-25.
Cervini v. Cisneros is one of two lawsuits filed by Davis, who was on the bus campaigning against incumbent Republican Chip Roy for the 21st Congressional District when the incident occurred.
With her were campaign staffer David Gins, now deputy director for operations for Vice President Kamala Harris, and bus driver Timothy Holloway. Volunteer Eric Cervini was traveling ahead of the bus and was already at a scheduled campaign stop in San Marcos as the event unfolded.
Cervini v. Stapp was filed against San Marcos law-enforcement officials who “turned a blind eye to the attack” according to Protect Democracy, a civil rights group involved in the litigation.
Members of the Trump trains believed then vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris was aboard the bus, which was leaving a campaign event in San Antonio as part of a “Battle for the Soul of the Nation” tour staged by Democrats.
Harris was campaigning in other parts of Texas on Oct. 30, the last day of early voting in the state.