Ed Rollins, who formerly served as Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign manager in her bid for the Republican presidential nomination, blasted the congresswoman today for "downright vicious" accusations against Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Sen. Joe McCarthy level," Rollins wrote in Fox News.
Bachmann joined other conservatives in alleging that Abedin, who is also former congressman Anthony Weiner's wife, took part in a conspiracy by the Muslim Brotherhood to infiltrate top reaches of the U.S. government.
"As a member of Congress, with a seat on the House Intelligence Committee, Mrs. Bachmann you know better," said Rollins. "Shame on you, Michele! You should stand on the floor of the House and apologize to Huma Abedin and to Secretary Clinton and to the millions of hard-working, loyal Muslim Americans for your wild and unsubstantiated charges. As a devoted Christian, you need to ask forgiveness for this grievous lack of judgment and reckless behavior."