CNBC Republican Debate Mocked on Social Media for ‘Incompetent Moderators’

Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood slammed by Twitter users for “bizarre questions” that went from “lame to insulting”

Last Updated: October 29, 2015 @ 11:26 AM

There wasn’t much to celebrate after Wednesday’s GOP debate from Boulder, Colorado, especially not at host network CNBC.

While the face-off between 10 Republican candidates including Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio lacked the spark and energy of the past two debates (aired on Fox News and CNN, respectively), it was CNBC that bore the brunt of viewers’ wrath on social media.

From asking “bizarre questions” to being “rude and incompetent,” moderators Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood were slammed by Twitter users for their performances.

“These three @CNBC doofuses have done more to unite the GOP than anyone since Reagan,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another commented that CNBC was lucky that “The Daily Show” is on hiatus this week: “They would have gotten mocked into irrelevance and possibly bankruptcy.”

One viewer even accused the moderators of wasting “the opportunity 2 talk about real issues.”

It wasn’t just social media users who were disappointed by CNBC, the cable channel was also blasted by the chairman of the Republican National Committee within minutes of debate’s conclusion.

“CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

“While I was proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight’s debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates, and voters.”

See the tweets below.