Forget Donald Trump's debate performance.
It was Carly Fiorina who clearly dominated the first Republican presidential debate on Aug. 6, setting herself up to be a real contender for the nomination, even though she only participated in the "happy hour debate" before the main event.
So it only makes sense why right-wing rivals like Michele Bachmann have decided to go after Fiorina with their torches and pitchforks.
On Aug. 16, former Rep. Bachmamn (R-Minn.) tweeted a 14-year-old speech Fiorina had given in Minneapolis, reminding the world how the then-CEO of Hewlett-Packard defended contributions of the Muslim world to the American society.
Bachmann’s point: Fiorina had the nerve to laud the contributions of Muslims just two weeks after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Carly Fiorina delivered this speech in MPLS praising Muslims 2 weeks after 911. http://t.co/t74JLWrHye— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) August 17, 2015
While Bachmann doesn’t forget to mention that the speech came just two weeks after the terrorist attacks, she does, however, fail to remind that Fiorina’s comments came in the wake of several reprisal attacks against Muslims at the time.
Conservative commentator Bethany Blankley, who recently wrote a scathing article on Fiorina's comments, stated: "Perhaps she should move to Saudi Arabia where women are prohibited from driving; or Iran, where women are prohibited from working."
Blankley concluded that the speech “reveals that Carly has been flying on a mystical magical carpet to nowhere for years,” accusing Fiorina of "romanticizing the old Islamic caliphate."
Fortunately, these xenophobic attacks on Fiorina have not been working out too well for right-wingers.
After her standout performance at the GOP debate, Fiorina took a huge leap from the No. 14 spot to a place among the top five of 17 Republican presidential candidates, as per last week’s polls.