At Nine Inch Nails' Irving show, lead singer Trent Reznor (left) joked that he told Ted Cruz (right) to "[expletive] off" when the senator asked for backstage passes. 

At Nine Inch Nails' Irving show, lead singer Trent Reznor (left) joked that he told Ted Cruz (right) to "[expletive] off" when the senator asked for backstage passes. 

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Texas senator Ted Cruz was at Nine Inch Nails' Irving concert in spirit earlier this week, when the rock band's lead singer, Trent Reznor, asked the audience for a show of hands to see who voted for the incumbent Republican. But it wasn't this mention, which critic Kelly Dearmore reported in his concert review, that went viral thereafter.

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A video of Reznor joking that Cruz had asked to be put on the guest list for the show took off after the "Head Like a Hole" singer said he told the congressman to "[expletive] off." Consequence of Sound, the New York Daily News and others reported this as fact, to which Cruz responded Thursday night.

"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," Cruz tweeted. 

Reznor also joked that the last time Cruz was permitted to attend, the senator drank all the beer. To which Cruz rebuffed, "And for the record, I also didn't 'drink all his beer' the last time...but I would have!"

h/t Pitchfork

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