CNBC’s Rick Santelli unloads on Romney’s anti-Trump diatribe

Tea Party godfather and CNBC bond guru Rick Santelli asks where Romney was four years ago when Candy Crowley intervened for Obama in a presidential debate. (VIDEO.)

CNBC's Rick Santelli unloads on Mitt Romney's Salt Lake City attack speech opposing Donald Trump. (Frame grab from CNBC video)

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2016 – CNBC’s bond guru and commentator for all seasons—the man who arguably ignited the Tea Party with a notorious economic rant several—was at it again on the network Thursday, this time addressing Mitt Romney’s anti-Trump diatribe from earlier today.

Where was this aggressive Mitt Romney four years ago, asked an irritated Santelli. He was referring to the televised 2012 presidential debate in which “moderator” Candy Crowley inserted herself into the give and take in a successful but blatantly partisan effort to rescue an unprepared and struggling President Obama from Romney’s successful line of argument.

Worse, after a bit of fact checking early the next day, even pro-Obama media partisans were forced to declare that Crowley’s life-line to Obama was flat-out wrong and Romney’s argument had been correct all along.

Had it been Trump, Santelli suggested with growing irritation, he would have gotten up and walked right out of the debate at that point, which is what Romney should have done. So why the Monday morning quarterbacking now?

Watch and listen to Santelli’s spot-on comments here. They need no further elaboration.

(This CNBC video obtained via YouTube to save you from the inevitable opening commercial. Unfortunately, the visuals and sound quality are slightly below par.)

Tune in for tonight’s latest Republican presidential debate on Fox News: Live from Detroit, Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9 p.m. EST. Also available via Fox streaming video here at 9.

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