Outrage over new Christmas tree unveiled at state capital

Rhode Island governor under fire after unveiling artificial Christmas tree.
1:52 | 12/08/19

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Moving on to the Christmas tree unveiled at a state capitol live and why it's brought some outrage. Janai is here with more. This is a debate that is not only happening in the state capitol but in a lot of houses across America. All over. It is a Christmas controversy there in Rhode Island that's got residents picking sides of a debate as old as time. A real Christmas tree or fake. All: Two, one. Reporter: This morning, uproar around the Rhode Island statehouse a day after the governor revealed the state's first ever artificial Christmas tree. The spruce lighting up quite the debate. Some residents say the faux fur is simply an impostor, especially local tree farmers. The scale that is going on in the statehouse right now is absurd. Reporter: For years farmers have donated trees to the statehouse. It's ridiculous. The governor bought a fake artificial tree for $6500. Reporter: But the governor says fire safety was behind this year's yuletide decision. Just a practical decision to keep it beautiful and keep us safe through the whole holiday season. Reporter: The decision practically splitting the state in two. Real versus fake. I would say to all the people that are seeing this show today, go out there and support your local farmers. So state officials are taking a lot of heat for this, but in the past statehouse trees have died of dehydration or lost massive amounts of needles, but for so many people there is just nothing like the real thing. Yeah, that new tree, it's an imposta. Yeah. I thought about saying the like that. I couldn't pull it off. I confess, I got a fake tree. Our dog was drinking the water out of the tree and would mark his territory. Can't have that around the holidays. That sounds justified.

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