Far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson has repeatedly broadcast anti-immigrant sentiments to millions of viewers on his nightly show.
He's amplified the white supremacist Great Replacement theory, he's said immigrants make cities "dirtier," and—in leaked recordings—referred to Iraqis as "semiliterate primitive monkeys."
So it's no surprise that Carlson has already begun drumming up hatred for a wave of Afghan refugees coming to the United States following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, despite the fact that many of these refugees were crucial in assisting U.S. soldiers on the ground in the region.
In his latest xenophobic screed, Carlson claimed that Democrats were calling for more refugees in order to turn swing states blue in the upcoming 2022 and 2024 elections.
"[Democrats] are flooding swing districts with refugees they know will become loyal Democratic party voters. They're opening the southern border in more than 200,000 illegal migrants per month. That's the equivalent of two Afghan airlifts every 30 days."
Of course, the claim is absurd.
In order to even be eligible for U.S. citizenship—and potentially gain the right to vote—refugees must be lawful permanent residents of the United States for at least five years, according to U.S. Customs and Immigration.
Carlson almost certainly knows this, but seized on the widespread belief of his viewers that undocumented immigrants and non-citizens somehow vote in numbers massive enough to steal elections.
People called him out on it.
The racist buzzwords in his argument didn't go unchecked either.
There are growing calls to increase the cap on refugees in the United States.