When news hit the other day that Nine Inch Nails' frontman Trent Reznor claimed during the band's Texas gig Tuesday night that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was "buggin' to get on the guest list," all the mysteries of the universe suddenly cleared up.
After all, who can't imagine Cruz slipping on his Doc Martens in honor of the techno-metal outfit and stage diving during "Head Like a Hole"?
Oh, but it gets better.
Reznor — who actually convinced a few brave souls to raise their hands and admit they voted for Cruz in the midterm elections — noted to the Irving crowd that he told Cruz to "f*** off" in response to the senator's supposed request.
“We put him on a few years ago, he f***in' drank all the beer, and was just a pain in the ass to be around,” Reznor added.
Check out the clip. (Content warning: F-bombs from the mic):
The senator speaks out
Despite everyone's hope that Cruz indeed holds a special place in his heart for Trent & Co. — and guzzled all their beer and annoyed the whole Nine Inch Nails sweaty roadshow, the senator set the record straight on Twitter on Thursday.
"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 tweeted. "[Reznor] was clearly joking."
C'est la vie. The image was fun while it lasted.
But wait! There's more!
But Cruz offered a concluding quip: "And for the record, I also didn’t 'drink all his beer' the last time...but I would have!" He, of course, added an obligatory "fake news" hashtag:
To all the gullible reporters who are “reporting” that I asked to be on the guest list at a Nine Inch Nails concert… https://t.co/d5MKh0E30V— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1543535938.0
Trent knows how these things go: "Bow down before the one you serve / You're going to get what you deserve."
Consequence of Sound seemed particularly put off by the senator's rejoinder, declaring that "while Cruz may claim otherwise, inside his heart it is black and it’s hollow and it’s cold."
Seems getting Beto-ed will turn anyone's mood sour.