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story.lead_photo.caption Terry Train performs Wednesday morning in downtown Texarkana. Photo by Hunt Mercier / Texarkana Gazette.

Out of a tour bus, a band set up Wednesday morning in downtown Texarkana to play for a small audience and passersby, blasting an irreverent, sarcastic message of sharp cultural and political criticism.

Randall Terry, in his 30 years as an activist, has never been subtle and Wednesday morning he was not about to start.

He comes across as a nice guy and is clearly sincere in his faith as a Christian. But he does not mind at all coming out with a message that can discomfit those who might wish for a milder tone. But the controversial Terry is OK with ruffling feathers, even in Texarkana, the town where he got some of his initial media experience.

"I used to be on the radio here," Terry said. "Next stop is Houston (for the Democratic presidential debates), to torment the Democrats. I'm here in Texarkana to remind Christian voters that babies need to be protected. And we must protect them with our vote."

Terry's band, Terry Train, features himself on guitar/keyboards as well as vocals. Terry Train is a family affair with sons Michael, 15, on guitar; Justin, 14, on drums; and Killian, 13, on bass.

Terry Train launched into a set, setting the tone and style with "Trump's Gonna Thump 'Em."

President Donald Trump is largely favored in Christian circles, though he is not without his detractors from those same circles. Even those who endorse or are inclined to vote for him sometimes express discomfort with aspects of his background or personal style, even though they may love many of his policies and that he seems willing to fight for them.

"I call Trump a wonderful disrupter," said Terry, referring to how much he has shaken up America's political status quo.

Another song from the Terry Train set was "CNN Sucks," which was a sharp, irreverent blasting of the first 24-hour cable news network.

"The silence of CNN on issues of the unborn is much more damning than their non-stop harassment of President Trump," said Terry.

Terry Train continued their set in front of downtown Texarkana's Federal Courthouse to their small, though appreciative, audience. Eventually, they loaded back up in the tour bus to head for Houston.

The presidential candidates of the Democratic Party will be receiving Terry's brand of irreverence when they come to debate.

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