During the 2018 midterms race for the junior Senator's seat in Texas, GOP candidate Ted Cruz suffered a bit of an image problem among voters. In comparison to his Democratic opponent, Cruz lacked a "cool factor."
While image issues did not stop Cruz from retaining his Senate seat in deep red Texas, Cruz won by just 2.6%, with 50.1% to Beto O'Rourke's 48.3%. Third party Libertarian candidate Neal Dikeman garnered 0.8% in a state that Republican Donald Trump carried by almost 9%.
And outside of Texas, Cruz's popularity is negligible as evidenced by a request by Cruz for special access to a recent concert in Irving, Texas.
According to Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, Cruz asked to be added to the guest list. But Reznor had a colorful response for the Senator. The rock star relayed the story to the crowd and an attendee shared it on Reddit.
Watch the video here.
Reznor asked for the house lights to be raised so he could check for people “who voted” for Cruz in the 2018 midterms. Reznor said:
"Who voted for Ted Cruz? See the lights aren’t on, I can’t see. 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."
Reznor then added:
"He might be here tonight, he was bugging to get on the guest list, and I told him to fuck off,"
Reznor claimed VIP access had been granted to Cruz in the past. He stated:
"We put [Cruz] on a few years ago, he drank all the beer, and was just a pain in the ass to be around."
Plenty of people sounded off on Reznor's story.
Most people applauded the choice by Reznor.
@thehill Trent 2020 https://t.co/2iMox8gvRo— Angel Partí (@Angel Partí) 1543446496.0
@thehill @MikeHersh Well done.— Lee Alexander (@Lee Alexander) 1543462162.0
@thehill https://t.co/8u0ZEmldbE— J (@J) 1543446646.0
@thehill Cruz should to listen to Year Zero. Then look up the Viability Index. Might enlighten him.— Edani (@Edani) 1543447560.0
@thehill Yet another reason to break out some old Nine Inch Nails.— Tammy (@Tammy) 1543449398.0
@thehill "Reznor claimed the group placed Cruz on their guest list several years ago, but alleged that “he drank al… https://t.co/FYJ0pFpNN4— Živilee (@Živilee) 1543447162.0
@zivinilee @thehill Which is unsurprising— Lydia Kravitz (@Lydia Kravitz) 1543452106.0
Finally some good news https://t.co/oZgFG23CBh— Visionary Director Scott Wampler™ (@Visionary Director Scott Wampler™) 1543443513.0
Ted Cruz’s weaselly ass getting windmill dunked on by Trent Reznor was precisely the morale boost I needed today. Thank you, @trent_reznor.— Visionary Director Scott Wampler™ (@Visionary Director Scott Wampler™) 1543444621.0
I cannot stop thinking about Ted Cruz getting shut the fuck down by Trent Reznor (Ted Cruz hangs up the phone hav… https://t.co/9GoqX9Mdj7— Visionary Director Scott Wampler™ (@Visionary Director Scott Wampler™) 1543445395.0
(Ted Cruz’s daughters enter the room) Daughters: “Did you get us into NIN or not you sniveling bitch” Ted Cruz: “… https://t.co/L3Sh5BrN8W— Visionary Director Scott Wampler™ (@Visionary Director Scott Wampler™) 1543445683.0
I would like to thank everyone who fav’d this for helping me dunk on @tedcruz.— Visionary Director Scott Wampler™ (@Visionary Director Scott Wampler™) 1543452678.0
@ScottWamplerBMD It’s funny. No one in congress seems to like him, either. You’d think he’d have figured out the co… https://t.co/AZCB3WhXI0— Jessica Dickens (@Jessica Dickens) 1543468540.0
@frangeladuo Ted Cruz had to settle for listening to Vent Reznor https://t.co/CePWjMldKL— Daniel Ninja (@Daniel Ninja) 1543504270.0
While some tried to figure out which songs most appealed to Cruz. And why.
i can only assume he heard tracks like "march of the pigs" and "big man with a gun" and thought they were unironic… https://t.co/4JhRPz9kIX— public anomie (@public anomie) 1543518358.0
"i really like NIN" -Ted Cruz "that's some sellout shit, it's pop, not industrial. fucking Skinny Puppy or gtfo" -P… https://t.co/36EZJpiqIe— public anomie (@public anomie) 1543518883.0
@naxuu No Ted, that's not what Happiness In Slavery is about.— Jeremy Bailin (@Jeremy Bailin) 1543519387.0
@naxuu he's actually just a really big fan of "hurt" and knows trent closes with it every night— goodbye the band (@goodbye the band) 1543519516.0
While a few called for civility to return between "both parties," as if Trent Reznor is now an official spokesman or elected official instead of a private citizen with an opinion.
The Texas GOP Senator has yet to comment on Reznor's claims or say whether he did attend the concert as a paying customer.