Trent Reznor claims he told Ted Cruz to 'f--- off' after he asked to be on guest list
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Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor claimed at a Tuesday concert in Texas that he told Republican Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSanders meets with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Cruz knocks Chick-fil-A over past donation: It has 'lost its way' Overnight Energy: Relocated BLM staff face salary cuts | UN report calls for drastic action on climate change | California asks EPA to reconsider emissions rule 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'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race 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."

Reznor has long been politically vocal.

His remarks come several months after he blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report 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.