- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor says he’s still trying to figure out a way to explain President Trump’s election to his children, calling the president a “f—-ing vulgarian” who represents everything he hates in a person.

Mr. Renor told Vulture in a wide-ranging interview that he’s been “struggling” with how to deal with the election onstage and at home.

“I’ve been struggling with that, especially as far as the live performance and my trying to be a provocateur,” he said. “I’m sure I’m doing what many people are trying to do in response to the election: understand, quantify, justify, rationalize, find comfort, feel animosity, should I say something? Should I do something? Should I give up?”

The 52-year-old father of four said he deliberately mutes CNN and MSNBC around his kids because he doesn’t want to get into a discussion “about how embarrassing the president is.”

“He’s a f—-ing vulgarian,” Mr. Reznor said. “Aside from whatever ideological beliefs he has — if he has any — he’s a grotesque person who represents everything I hate. I’m repulsed by everything about him and he’s the president, you know? I haven’t figured out how to rationalize that to my kids’ beautiful little optimistic minds.

“I grew up in a s——y little town full of Trump voters,” the Mercer, Pennsylvania, native continued, “so I think I can I understand the point of view of someone who supports his message. What I don’t understand is supporting that messenger.”

Mr. Reznor made similar comments in a recent interview with The Village Voice, saying his childhood in the Rust Belt gives him a unique perspective on what it’s like to feel alienated by the coastal liberal bubble.

“When you’re not in an urban environment, you often feel left out of the conversation, and I get that. I grew up in that,” he said.

In that interview, Mr. Reznor called the president “a complete f—-ing moron” and “vulgar, grotesque dope.”

Still, he said he hopes to unite fans of all stripes through his performances.

“I hate that walled-garden effect, where you’re preaching to your safe audience,” he said. “I like the idea of trying to reach people who aren’t following me on Twitter.”

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