We saw reports of this floating around last night but didn’t think much of it — and we weren’t buying the idea that Sen. Ted Cruz had asked to be put on the guest list for a Nine Inch Nails concert … that bit just sounded off. But it made the news:
— The Hill (@thehill) November 28, 2018
And that story was picked up by, well, everyone.
A day later, Cruz has taken to Twitter to pour cold water on the story. Nine Inch Nails bandleader Trent Reznor was just joking at the concert stop in Texas.
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
Credit to Cruz for correctly referring to the band as NIN.
The New York Daily News reports that, according to a clip from the concert uploaded to Reddit, Reznor told the audience that he’d told Cruz to “f**k off” when he asked to be put on the guest list. As if no one had got the joke by that time, Reznor added that Cruz had been put on the guest list years earlier and “he … drank all the beer, and was just a pain in the ass to be around.”
— ?ղ?ղҽɾ (@l0verl0verl0ver) November 30, 2018
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) November 30, 2018
I don’t know any Texan that would actually buy into that story. We know you well enough to know you aren’t a NIN fan.
— Zingamomma (@tubawidow) November 30, 2018
Is anyone anymore?
— Chris Trenton (@ctren2316) November 30, 2018
How does someone who was in their 20's in the 90's not like NIN? Really? I bet you were into Billy Ray Cyrus.
— corey cantu (@Can2CG) November 30, 2018
— Matt’s Idea Shop (@MattsIdeaShop) November 30, 2018
— erick pacheco (@erickpacheco) November 30, 2018
— ❌Cryptic Writings⚡ (@WritingsCryptic) November 30, 2018
I’m keeping my NIN collection and my Cruz sign. Good music and politics make life easy.
— Copiah Ashley (@CopiahAshley) November 30, 2018
Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz hit with nasty Nickelback accusation https://t.co/mlO255ANp1
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 5, 2016