Nine Inch Nails Told Ted Cruz to 'F*** Off' When He Reportedly Tried To Get on the Guest List

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a Get Out The Vote Bus Tour rally at the Redneck Country Club on November 5, 2018, in Stafford, Texas. Cruz was rejected from a Nine Inch Nails guest list. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails took to the stage in Dallas with a wholehearted jab at Ted Cruz, who allegedly asked to be on the guest list for the show. Reznor mentioned the Texas Senator in conversation with the crowd and detailed a prior experience with Cruz.

"Who voted for Ted Cruz? See the lights aren't on, I can't see," he said, as reported by Consequence of Sound. "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 also detailed a time Cruz was allowed on the guest list, and "drank all the beer." "He might be here tonight, he was bugging to get on the guest list, and I told him to f*** off," said Reznor. "We put him on a few years ago, he drank all the beer, and was just a pain in the ass to be around. Can't hold it against you."

It's unclear if Cruz was in attendance at the show. Reznor has been vocal about his political views in the past, and openly opposes the leadership of Republican President Donald Trump. He explained his views on Trump's America in a conversation with The Guardian in July.

"It feels like things are coming unhinged, socially and culturally," said Reznor. "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. It's seeing life through the eyes of having four small kids – what are they coming into? And who am I in this world where it feels like every day the furniture got moved a bit while I slept?"

He also explained we could be seeing the "fall of America in real time." "We've got dumber, more tribalised [sic]; we've found niches of other people that focus on extremity," Reznor noted. "For the miracle of everyone sharing ideas, I see a hell of a lot more racism. It doesn't feel like we've advanced. I think you're seeing the fall of the empire of America in real time, before your eyes; the internet has eroded the fabric of decency in our civilization."

Cruz has been open about his music taste in the past, but Nine Inch Nails falls outside of what he's described. The heavy rock group lies outside of the country music genre he said spoke to him after America experienced the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"Country music collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me and I have to say, it just is a gut level...I had an emotional reaction that says these are my people," Cruz told CBS This Morning in 2015. "And so ever since 2001 I listen to country music and I'm an odd country music fan because I never listened to it before 2001."