Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor claimed at a Tuesday concert in Texas that he told Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo On The Money — Biden stresses calm amid omicron fears MORE to “f--- off” after he asked to be put on the guest list for the show.
In video captured from the group’s concert in Dallas, Reznor can first be seen asking the crowd: “Who voted for Ted Cruz? See, the lights aren’t on, I can’t see. Is there any way to turn the lights on? I’d like to see.”
“Raise your hand, you guys, nothing to be ashamed of, just checking,” he continued.
Reznor then went on to claim that Cruz, who this month won his reelection bid against Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke seizes on Texas power grid in bid against Abbott McConaughey on Texas run: 'I will let you know shortly' O'Rourke raises M in first 24 hours of Texas governor campaign MORE (D), had tried to attend the concert but was denied VIP status.
“He might be here tonight. He was bugging to get on the guest list, and I told him to f--- off,” said Reznor.
Reznor claimed the group placed Cruz on their guest list several years ago, but alleged that “he drank all the beer, and was just a pain in the ass to be around.”
“Can’t hold it against you,” he added in the clip.
Two days after the "Closer" singer made his claims, Cruz tweeted that he "was clearly joking."
To all the gullible reporters who are “reporting” that I asked to be on the guest list at a Nine Inch Nails concert: uh, no, NIN is not my music taste. He was clearly joking. And for the record, I also didn’t “drink all his beer” the last time...but I would have! #FakeNews https://t.co/ZNr292SCVl— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 29, 2018
Reznor has long been politically vocal.
His remarks come several months after he blasted President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE in an interview with The Guardian, saying Americans are seeing the “fall of the empire” under his leadership.
“It feels like things are coming unhinged, socially and culturally,” Reznor said at the time. “The rise of Trumpism, of tribalism, the celebration of stupidity. I’m ashamed, on a world stage, at what we must look like as a culture.”
Reznor also called Trump a “complete f---ing moron” last year in a Rolling Stone interview and lit into the president’s views on climate change.
—Updated Friday at 3:44 p.m.