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Indiana Mayor

I'm Cool With 2 Chainz ...

He Doesn't Attract Bad People Like Chief Keef

7/28/2015 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0728_Mayor-Tom_2chainz_twitterThe Indiana mayor who shut down Chief Keef's concert over the weekend went and mugged for the camera with rapper 2 Chainz ... because he says Chainz is all about having a good time while Keef attracts a bad element.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott tells us he pulled the plug on Keef's non-live, hologram performance Saturday night because of Keef's "anti-cop, pro-gang" lyrics.

As for why McDermott took a pic 2 days later with 2 Chainz ... he says the rapper's lyrics are innocuous and the crowds are more chill. Perhaps McDermott hasn't heard the song, "We Own It," in which 2C raps ...

We got big guns, been graduated from knives
It's the day in the life and I'm ready to ride

Might be time to update that playlist.

Lou Ferrigno

'I Love Donald Trump'

7/28/2015 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Lou Ferrigno is a huge Donald Trump fan and wants him in the Oval Office, because he's the man who can keep our country safe. 

Lou was at LAX Monday when our photog sheepishly asked about Trump, clearly thinking Lou -- a die-hard conservative -- would favor another candidate.   

Lou clearly holds no grudges ... Donald fired him from 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

'Law & Order' Star Dann Florek

I Pick El Chapo Over Trump

7/28/2015 7:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dann Florek is rooting for El Chapo to get Donald Trump.

The "Law & Order: SVU" star was in NYC Monday when our photog asked about the escaped criminal and his threats against Trump.   

Florek grudgingly says Chapo's the bigger criminal, but has a choice description of Trump.

John McCain

I'm Not Saying Trump Owes Me An Apology

... But He Does

7/21/2015 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sen. John McCain isn't explicitly saying it, but he clearly thinks Donald Trump owes him an apology, because he squarely falls into the category of soldiers he believes are heroes. 

Our photog, Colin, got McCain Monday night arriving at Reagan National Airport and he did not mince words ... he says Trump owes an apology to the families of POWs and the POWs themselves.   

The apology is rooted in Trump's comments that POWs are not heroes. McCain was a POW, ergo he's a hero.

Trump remains at the top of the field among Republican presidential candidates, but a poll released Monday showed his McCain remarks hurt his standing. 

Robert Kraft

Trump's a Financial Genius

7/20/2015 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump just got some praise from a very powerful man -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft ... who hailed Donald as a financial wizard ... even if he turned down a chance to buy the Pats in the '80s. 

There are reports Trump had a shot to buy New England in 1988 for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million ... but passed 'cause he didn't think it was worth it. 

Kraft bought the team in '94 for $172 mil -- and now they're reportedly valued at $2.6 BILLION!! 

So, when Kraft was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood last night, we asked about the Trump story -- to which he replied, "Donald Trump's a very good investor. I wouldn't question anything he does."

We thought we could sense some sarcasm in the statement -- but it turns out, Kraft and Trump have been good friends for 20 years ... so, maybe a serious compliment? 

We also asked about Rob Gronkowski's party habits and Tom Brady's suspension -- but he would comment on ONE of the players ... wanna guess which? 

George Lopez to Trump

F*** That Whore

7/19/2015 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

George Lopez went on a full-scale attack in Arizona Saturday night, getting the audience to send a very loud message to Donald Trump ... "F*** that Puto."

Lopez was clearly angered over Trump's comments about Mexicans, and the crowd roared with approval.

It's interesting ... "Puto" is Spanish for male prostitute, and it's considered homophobic by some.

It didn't matter ... George, whom NBC is considering as a replacement for Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice," wanted to send the loudest message he could.

Donald Trump

McCain's No War Hero

Heroes Don't Get Captured

7/18/2015 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump has ignited a fresh political fire, by saying John McCain is NOT a war hero ... more like an ineffective soldier.

Trump was speaking at The Family Leadership Summit in Iowa Saturday, when he mocked McCain's hero status for being captured during the Vietnam war when his plane was shot down.

Trump squarely said McCain's not a hero, because heroes don't get captured. 

BTW ... Trump's #1 in the polls for all Republican candidates.

Donald Trump

Huffington Post

Refuses to Acknowledge Candidacy

7/17/2015 1:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0717_donald_trump_huffington_post_tmzDonald Trump is being boycotted again, but this one's bizarre ... Huffington Post is refusing to treat him as a serious Presidential candidate.

Here's what HuffPo says, "After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won't report on Trump's campaign as part of The Huffington Post's political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section."

Weird stance for a media outlet to take, considering recent polls show Trump leading ALL Republican candidates ... winning 18% of GOP voters.

HuffPo calls Trump's campaign a "sideshow," adding, "We won't take the bait." The website will cover Trump in its entertainment section, saying, "you'll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette." 

Trump just responded, noting he's been the leading candidate in numerous polls and adding, "The only clown show in this scenario is the Huffington Post pretending to be a legitimate news source."

It will be interesting if Trump wins a primary ... will HuffPo lead with Kim K or New Hampshire? 

Bill Clinton

There He Goes ...

Hanging Out With a Younger Woman Again!

7/16/2015 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0716-bill-clinton-inf-photo-01Bill Clinton put his "baby-kissing on the campaign trail" skills to good use Thursday as he walked around Madison Square Park in New York City with his granddaughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

GILF status achieved.

Sen. Ted Cruz

I Had to Watch Porn

With Sandra Day O'Connor!

7/15/2015 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sen. Ted Cruz perused Internet porn for work once -- which might sound cool .... except for the fact he had to do it with freakin' U.S. Supreme Court Justices like Sandra Day O'Connor

Back in the 1990s ... Cruz was a clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and the Internet was still in its early, early days -- and when SCOTUS had to rule on Internet porn, they naturally did their research.

Check out Ted's memory of what had to be his most awkward day on the job -- and Sandy O's priceless reaction. 'Merica!

Obama on Bill Cosby

'Women + Drugs + Sex - Consent = Rape'

7/15/2015 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

President Obama was just asked about the allegations surrounding Bill Cosby -- and without directly calling him a rapist, came awfully close. 

"If you give a woman ... or a man for that matter ... a drug and then have sex with that person without consent ... that’s rape."

"And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."

Obama was asked if he would revoke Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom -- which he received in 2002 -- Obama said there was no precedent for that ... adding, "We don't have a mechanism."

The comment insinuates the White House has at least looked into the matter. 

Obama said as a policy, he doesn't like to comment about specifics regarding cases where there might still be criminal or civil issues involved. 

Donald Trump

El Chapo's Nobody Special

Lots of Death Threats

7/15/2015 9:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Donald Trump
has received a slew of death threats since announcing his candidacy for President ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to Trump tell TMZ, the recent threat by El Chapo's son has not changed the drill for the candidate's security team. We're told they have received numerous death threats since the announcement.

We're told Trump's security has been formidable from the beginning. As one source put it, "We're not sparing any costs and Mr. Trump's security is the best money can buy."

Trump is not getting any extra protection from the feds in the wake of the Chapo threat. But we're told federal and local law enforcement is investigating the Chapo threat as well as others and is in touch with Trump's security team.

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NBA's Doc Rivers

Watch Your Ass, Trump

... El Chapo's No Joke!

7/15/2015 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

L.A. Clippers honcho Doc Rivers has some friendly advice for his pal Donald Trump -- STOP SCREWING WITH MEXICAN DRUG LORD EL CHAPO!!!!

FYI -- Rivers and Trump have been friends for years ... and we shot footage of the two of them leaving a business meeting together in Beverly Hills earlier this year. 

So, with the news of El Chapo threatening Donald Trump for calling the escaped drug lord "everything that's wrong with Mexico" ... Rivers says D.T. better watch his back!!! 

BTW, we also asked Rivers about reports that his daughter Callie Rivers was the main person who got DeAndre Jordan to back out of his Mavs deal and stay with the Clippers. 

Doc calls B.S. on the whole thing --  and tells us the REAL reason Jordan decided to stick around.

Check out the clip. 

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