Jim Acosta Calls Tucker Carlson 'Human Manure Spreader' Over Afghan Refugee Conspiracy Theory

CNN's Jim Acosta called Fox News host Tucker Carlson a "human manure spreader" during a segment on Saturday for vilifying Afghan refugees amid the Biden administration's plans to resettle tens of thousands of them who were evacuated following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

"Over on Fox, human manure spreader Tucker Carlson has floated yet another race-baiting conspiracy theory that tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have been welcomed into this country to change the outcome of future elections," Acosta said on CNN Newsroom.

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Some far-right media personalities and Republican lawmakers in the anti-immigrant wing of the party have condemned President Joe Biden for what they call an influx of threatening foreigners into the U.S.

Carlson has baselessly accused Democrats of orchestrating a plan to bring migrants into the country to ensure that Republicans will lose future elections.

"Many of whom will not be moved to neighborhoods around the United States and stay permanently. They didn't seem to encounter any problems in doing this thanks to meticulous and thoughtful planning operation Change America Forever came off precisely according to plan, it worked flawlessly," the Fox News host said on Tucker Carlson Tonight.

In another segment last month, Carlson said: "We will see many refugees from Afghanistan resettle in our country in coming months, probably in your neighborhood. And over the next decade, that number may swell to the millions. So first we invade and then we're invaded—it is always the same."

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said that the U.S. expects to resettle over 50,000 Afghans who assisted the U.S. and were evacuated from their war-torn country.

Republicans have remained unified in its criticisms of the Biden administration's Afghanistan evacuation effort, but the resettlement of refugees at home has begun to divide members of the party. Some have welcomed the Afghan allies into the country or expressed concern that there were too many left behind, while members of the GOP's anti-immigrant wing have accused the president of allowing too many refugees to come without proper vetting.

Intelligence officials have been extensively vetting Afghans seeking resettlement through Special Immigrant Visas, which is available to those who face threats in their home country for assisting U.S. officials. The process involves 14 steps including a medical examination, document submissions and an in-person interview.

South Carolina GOP Governor Henry McMaster said "it is our duty" to accept the refugees.

But Representative Matt Rosendale of Montana warned that Afghan refugees could "bring additional people" and "flood our country with refugees" once they have completed relocation. And Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia asked: "Will this bring chain migration too?"

Despite their remarks, a recent CBS poll showed that 76 percent of Republican voters support bringing Afghan allies into the U.S.

Newsweek reached out to Fox News for comment. This story will be updated with any response.

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CNN's Jim Acosta called Fox News host Tucker Carlson a "human manure spreader" during a segment on Saturday for vilifying Afghan refugees. In this photo, he arrives for a hearing at the U.S. District Court on November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images