Trump Train Founder Storms into Gruene Business with 14 Others to Protest Mask Laws
Trump Train NB founder Steve Ceh and 14 other unmasked protesters stormed into Gruene Antique Company on Friday in defiance of Gov. Greg Abbott’s July 2 face-covering executive order.
Ceh, a founding member of the local Trump train who also leads prayer vigils at Landa Park, said cashiers “lost ther minds.” He said when police arrived, they were told they could be arrested for criminal trespass and left — “for now.”
In a 7:53 p.m. Friday post on MeWe, which bills itself as the ‘anti-Facebook’ social network, Ceh announced that he and supporters had left Gruene 30 minutes earlier.
“They want a fight, Buddy a fight we will give them,” he posted. “Our prayers will get better, our numbers will get greater and our revival will stun and shock the world! We are just getting started!”
The manager of Gruene Antique Company declined to comment about the incident today and referred MyCanyonLake.com to Patrick S. Molak Corporation and Gruene Texas Partnership 90, which operate the popular tourist destination, founded in 1845 as a small German settlement. Gruene is home to the world-famous Gruene Hall. It sits inside New Braunfels city limits.
The Trump Train is a caravan of hundreds of cars that winds its way through New Braunfels on Thursday nights, flying flags and honking horns in support of President Donald Trump. Gruene is included in one of its routes.
City of New Braunfels Communications Coordinator David Ferguson said Gruene hires off-duty law enforcement officers to manage security. New Braunfels Police Department was not called to the scene.
Ceh’s wife, Randi Ceh, said her husband would not comment for this article.
“You just need to stop,” she said.
According to LinkedIn, Ceh, 48, is a boiler mechanic with The Brandt Companies who moved to Texas from Las Vegas three years ago. He lives in New Braunfels. To see a video of him speaking during a Trump Train NB’s rally on Thursday, click here.
A June 29 mask order by New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman mandated face coverings in businesses that provide goods or services directly to the public when social distancing is not feasible. That order expired in August.
Under Abbott’s Executive Order GA-26, individuals who refuse to wear masks are not subject to civil or criminal penalties.