Podcast gives #BorderPatrol agents the voice of hate

A white America is all that they can see.

On a Tuesday morning in March, Border Patrol agent Shawn Moran settled into a leather chair in his recording studio, put on his headphones and, with his co-host Art Del Cueto on the line from Tucson, hit play on the recorded opening for their podcast.

The voice of Donald Trump, on the campaign trail, sounded from the speakers: “We are going to build a great border wall.”

An American flag covered the wall behind Moran, opposite a string of Christmas-colored bullet casings. To his right, a Gadsden flag defiantly proclaimed “Don’t Tread on Me.” And perched on his desk, near a Trump bobblehead in a “Make America Great Again” hat, was Moran’s ticket to Trump’s inauguration.

Since its debut in 2012, “The Green Line” podcast has been a voice for the National Border Patrol Council, which represents thousands of Border Patrol agents around the nation.

It’s the voice of hate.

Started by Moran, who until recently was the union’s spokesman, and co-hosted by fellow agents and union officials Del Cueto, from Tuscon, and Chris Cabrera in the Rio Grande Valley, it has been an “unapologetically conservative” program whose hosts have spent years forcefully arguing that front-line Border Patrol agents have been ignored, under-resourced and cast aside by their leadership and politicians of both parties.

But all that changed when Trump, whom the union prominently endorsed last March, became president.

Read the whole story in the LA Times

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