Trent Reznor Calls Donald Trump Candidacy 'Absurd'

"It's sad to see the discourse be dragged this low," Nine Inch Nails mastermind says of Trump's run for president

Trent Reznor described Donald Trump's candidacy as "absurd" in an interview promoting the climate change film 'Before the Flood.' Credit: Vera Anderson/Getty, Scott Olson/Getty

Before the Flood, a climate change documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio, hits theaters later this month with a score courtesy of Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Mogwai and Gustavo Santaolalla. In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Reznor suggested he has modest goals for the film. "If it turns a few people on, it gets a conversation started, or it at least calls to attention the many, many flaws of [Donald Trump], one of which is the denial of science, then that's a good thing," he noted. 

Reznor described Trump's victory in the Republican primaries as "surreal." "I'll admit that I was entertained during the Republican debates and the whole process of whittling them down," he added. "It's kind of fun to see a grenade go off and see these guys – I hate every one of them – be eliminated and humiliated. But it stopped being funny months ago. It's sad to see the discourse be dragged this low. It's absurd that this is even happening."

He offered a reluctant endorsement of Hillary's campaign. "Since it's down to two people, there's no question that 100 percent of my support is going towards her," Reznor said. "I'll admit that I was more enthused about Bernie [Sanders] in terms of the sense of upheaval and revolution."

He hopes that Before the Flood can shift the national conversation around climate change. "Politicians follow what the people want," Reznor declares. "Once the public is aware of and excited about a certain policy, then politicians fall in line and follow that through. Things like this film help to continue that dialogue and remind people that climate change isn’t going away."

Before the Flood comes out on October 21st.