Trent Reznor Says He Told Ted Cruz to 'F--k Off' When Texas Senator Asked For Nine Inch Nails Tickets

Trent Reznor
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Trent Reznor speaks at the PBS's "The Vietnam War" panel at the 2017 Television Critics Association press tour on Jan. 15, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. 

Cruz denies, denies, denies.

During the first gig of a two-night stand at the Pavilion in Irving, T.X., on Tuesday night (Nov. 27), Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor asked the audience if any of them had voted for Republican Senator Ted Cruz in this year's midterm elections. "Raise your hand, you guys, nothing to be ashamed of, just checkin'," he said in a video posted by a Reddit user.

"He might be here tonight," Reznor reportedly said of the notoriously ill-considered former presidential candidate who beat one-time punk rocker democrat Beto O'Rourke in a tightly contested race earlier this month. "He was bugging to get on the guest list, and I told him to fuck off." Reznor, a frequent, vocal critic of Pres. Trump, further explained his animus toward Cruz, tying it to an annoying previous interaction with the Senator.

"We put him on [the guest list] a few years ago, he drank all the beer, and was just a pain in the ass to be around," he said. "I won't hold it against you." A few days later, Cruz fired back in a pointed tweet, labeling Reznor's story with a #FakeNews tag. "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." Cruz also claimed that he also didn't "drink all the beer" last time (though he would have). For the record, according to his Twitter feed, it appears that Cruz was in Washington on the night of the show, so it seems like his story checks out.

Cruz and the Texas GOP made headlines earlier this year when they repeatedly tried to troll O'Rourke over his younger days in the punk band Foss and his love of skateboarding, a tactic that earned the Republicans a quick, sharp rebuke. A spokesperson for Cruz could not be reached for comment at press time.

Watch Reznor's rant here.