Candidates onstage for last night’s Republican debate thought many of the questions asked were unfair – and it turns out, so did viewers.

As thousands of tweets streamed in on the hashtag #GOPDebate, it became clear that many of them were just as fed up with CNBC’s moderators.

The word “terrible” was tweeted more than 1,900 times, “awful” 1,400 times, and “bad” 1,200 times, Clayton Morris reported on Fox and Friends Thursday morning.


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Among the presidential contenders, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) scored big on social media as the most mentioned candidate.

He nabbed the no. 1 spot on Facebook and racked up more than 130,000 mentions on Twitter – two and a half times the number of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s mentions.

He enjoyed, by far, the largest spike of the night spike when he took on the moderators, leading his Twitter mentions to jump to nearly 56,000.

Cruz said that the moderators’ questions “illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media.”

“This is not a cage match,” he declared. “How about talking about substantive issues people care about?”

Donald Trump held onto the top spot on Twitter, but his total mentions fell from the last GOP debate, according to Twitter. 

Instant polling done by Drudge Report and CNBC found Trump in the top spot.


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