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Bob Knight Trump Could Be Best President EVER

1/19/2017 11:26 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Move over, Washington. So long, Lincoln ... Donald Trump could forever be known as the GREATEST President of all time ... so says Bobby Knight.

Of course, the former Indiana hoops coach is a massive Trump fan -- and even stumped for him along the campaign trail. 

Now, he's in D.C. for the inauguration and he's as passionate for Donald as ever.

He even thinks Trump could've played basketball for the Hoosiers ... telling TMZ Sports, "I'd have to check whether he could shoot or not but he could sure as hell play defense!"

"And he would be able to WIN because of what a great defensive player he would be."

Donald Trump Inauguration T-Shirt Slinging, Joint Passing Could Fly ... Cops Have Bigger Fish To Fry

1/19/2017 11:03 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0119-trump-inauguration-weed-t-shirts-no-cops-fun-art-GETTY-TMZ-03People looking to make a quick buck hawking Donald Trump t-shirts or even those smoking weed at Friday's inauguration can rest easy, because there's a good chance D.C. cops will look past them.

Law enforcement sources tell us they have so many concerns before, during and after the inauguration -- primarily security and crowd control -- they are not going to sweat the small stuff.

We're told cops in the nation's Capital generally do crack down on people who hawk merchandise on the street without a permit and they will also usually cite weed smokers.  

The stakes for smoking weed in public are pretty high ... worst case scenario 2 months in jail. 

So, smoke 'em if you got 'em.

Donald Trump Naming NY Jets Owner Ambassador to U.K.

1/19/2017 11:02 AM PST
Breaking News

0119_Woody-Johnson_jets_uk_getty-2The guy who signed off on paying Ryan Fitzpatrick $12 MILLION to throw 17 interceptions will be named official U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Officials say Donald Trump will announce NY Jets owner Woody Johnson will take the position. 

Johnson was also the vice chairman of the Trump Victory Committee and hosted a huge fundraiser for him in the Hamptons.

The Senate will have to confirm Johnson before the move is official ... but it's more of a formality at this point.

Woody's reportedly handing over day-to-day operations to his brother.

President Obama Flash Mob To Say Goodbye

1/19/2017 10:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0119-barack-obama-white-house-02A group of Obama supporters are quietly organizing a flash mob to appear at the White House at 3 PM ET and just cheer and applaud as loud as possible.

We're told the president is in the White House and the goal is for him to hear the crowd and somehow acknowledge them.

It's not beyond hope the prez will come out and at least wave to the crowd. Last week, he spontaneously left the West Wing and walked on Pennsylvania Ave. to a meeting.

We'll show you when it happens.

Donald Trump & Family The Looong Arrival ... There's a Lot of 'Em

1/19/2017 10:17 AM PST

Donald Trump and First Lady-to-be Melania have touched down in their new home, and they made quite the arrival.

The Prez-elect and his whole family -- all of his kids, their spouses, his grandkids -- plus various aides just walked off a military jet (Air Force One is still at least a day away) at Andrews Air Force Base.

They've got a busy day ahead -- the traditional wreath-laying ceremony and then the Make America Great Again Welcome Concert.

Then there's something happening Friday, or so we hear.

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Towanda Braxton Nothing Smells Better Than Obama

1/19/2017 8:27 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Michelle Obama might want to keep an eye on Towanda Braxton, who proved her love for President Obama goes soooo much deeper than politics -- for her, it's a smell thing. 

We got Towanda at LAX Wednesday and asked her about Obama commuting Chelsea Manning's sentence, which somehow turned into her gushing about the scent of the prez ... and touching herself.

You gotta watch, it's hilarious. For her it was like there's no one else in the room as she lost herself in Eau de Barack.

Breathe deep, Towanda.

Tyler Perry I'm The People's Choice ... I Hope for Trump Every Day

1/19/2017 6:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tyler Perry says he has a mantra every day about soon-to-be President Donald Trump.

We got Tyler leaving Catch Wednesday and he said he actually has hope for Trump, but lays everything at DT's doorstep, saying he must change his priorities.

And, since actors and others in entertainment have won top offices in the past, he says he's game too, but only if he shares the ticket with Michelle Obama.

Ellen DeGeneres Is Something Happening Friday?

1/19/2017 6:58 AM PST

Ellen DeGeneres is sticking to her guns, and that means NOT falling in line with the growing number of celebs who think it's time to at least give the Prez-elect a chance.

We got Ellen and wife Portia de Rossi out at Madeo ... after Ellen's record-setting win at the People's Choice Awards. She was in a celebratory mood -- right up until we asked if she was planning to watch the inauguration.

Sorry, Brian Littrell ... Ellen's not down with your program.

Jackie Evancho Won't Pull a Beyonce Singing Live at Inauguration!

1/19/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-Jackie-Evancho-instagramJackie Evancho's keeping it real at Donald Trump's inauguration ... with her voice.

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ ... Jackie will sing the national anthem LIVE when she steps up to the mic Friday.

You'll recall Beyonce got roasted 4 years ago for lip-syncing, a custom which has been followed by those who sang before her ... in no small part because it's hard to sing in frigid weather.

We're told Jackie has never lip-synced a performance and it's out of the question for her to break tradition for the most important performance of her life.

Jackie had a run-through with the Marine Corps Band Wednesday and her big rehearsal goes down Thursday.

She will prerecord the song, but it will only play if she gets sick and physically can't pull it off.

And, the song is notoriously a minefield for singers who forget the words, so the lyrics will appear on the teleprompters, but we're told that's not at Jackie's request. We're told she's done the song a hundred times, and has it nailed.

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3 Doors Down Frontman O' Say Can You See Why We're Playing the Inauguration

1/19/2017 12:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

3 Doors Down isn't necessarily rocking for Donald Trump ... they're rocking for America, dammit!!!

We got frontman Brad Arnold leaving rehearsal at the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday night, and he clearly has no reservations about playing Thursday night's Make America Great Again event ... for which the band got a ton of backlash.

Brad's got no shame in the game.

Brian Littrell 'Hollywood, Chill Out!!!' Over Trump

1/19/2017 6:16 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Brian Littrell thinks the Donald Trump Hollywood haters need to self-medicate with a chill pill.

We got Brian at LAX Wednesday and he proclaimed unwavering support for Trump and was optimistic as hell.

Brian also says the Inaugural Committee approached the Backstreet Boys and asked them to perform, but it wasn't meant to be. He explains why.

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Donald Trump Inauguration Cops Set Up Mobile Booking Stations To Handle Mass Arrests

1/19/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0118-trump-mobile-stations-police-fa-tmz-getty-01Cops working Donald Trump's inauguration are prepped to handle mass arrests and avoid chaos in the jails ... and their secret weapon is the mobile booking station.

Law enforcement sources tell us the city will be littered with mobile booking stations where officers can book, issue citations and release demonstrators they arrest.

As we reported, there are new laws in D.C. that protect peaceful protests, and we're told local cops have been schooled on allowing demonstrations and not moving in too quickly.

Here's the rub. If violence erupts, all bets are off. Crimes of assault, battery and worse will almost guarantee a ride to jail, so lockup facilities could easily become overloaded.

The city will be swarming with law enforcement from various jurisdictions who will focus on crowd control and security. The National Guard will be 5,000 strong and they'll be joined by 3,000 cops.

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Bikers for Trump All About Peace at Inauguration But Ready for the Worst

1/19/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump's biker buddies are pumped for inauguration Friday, but want to make it clear ... they're not violent outlaws looking for trouble.

Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox tells TMZ ... his crew is organizing the unofficial 58th inauguration "halftime show" -- which goes down while Trump's lunching with Congress -- and they have quite the show planned. Think Hendrix, bagpipes and patriotism.

Cox says he's expecting a safe event and peaceful transition of power, and dismisses naysayers who think BfT is showing up to intimidate protesters.

Still, he warns they won't punk out if stuff goes down.

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