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A robot designed and programmed to the likeness of Donald "I know words
" Trump is expected to make its grand debut at the Hall of President attraction in Disney's Magic Kingdom by this Christmas.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, local Disney blog WDWMagic.com
says the Hall of Presidents is expected to open by Christmas of this year. While leaning on anonymous sources surrounding this particular robot have proved hazardous in the past
, this date does make a lot of sense, considering that back in June, Disney did say the attraction would open by "late 2017."
Since Trump's inauguration, there has been quite a bit of controversy regarding his robotic self appearing at the Hall of Presidents. Last January, a petition
to silence the Trump-bot surfaced, and of course, calls for Disney boycotts starting bubbling over whether or not parents want their kids around a "grab 'em by the pussy" robot.
But arguably the biggest controversy surrounding the bot followed a scathing report from Vice
, which, citing an anonymous source at Disney, stated that there was an internal struggle amongst Imagineers on whether or not to completely retool the attraction so that the 45th president wouldn't have a speaking role.
Disney later denied these claims:
At the moment, there's no word on what exactly what will come out of the robot's mouth. However, I'm really hoping Disney just makes him read his own tweets, like maybe this completely normal one from this morning: