Nancy Pelosi’s daughter films road trip ‘Outside the Bubble’ of liberal NY
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Alexandra Pelosi says the idea of an ideological civil war creeping up on the country is a myth after spending weeks traveling beyond her own “liberal bubble.”

“I think the us-versus-them narrative really sells on cable news,” Pelosi, a documentary filmmaker and daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi hits Trump on health care: His 'cruel hypocrisy knows no bounds' Pelosi hits Trump on health care: His 'cruel hypocrisy knows no bounds' On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill MORE (D-Calif.), tells ITK. But, she says, if you travel across America, “I’m just not buying that people hate each other as much as they do.”


After shooting her latest effort, “Outside the Bubble: On the Road with Alexandra Pelosi,” the New York resident says, “If you made me, I could literally come up with a [list of] Tea Party people who have invited me to spend the night in their home across America.”

The HBO documentary follows Pelosi’s travels across the country, striking up conversations and giving a glimpse into the lives of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' DC board rejects Trump Hotel effort to dismiss complaint seeking removal of liquor license on basis of Trump's 'character' Mexico's immigration chief resigns amid US pressure over migrants MORE’s supporters.

“The whole point was to show my kids that this bubble is not the only America,” Pelosi says of the road trip, which included her husband and their two sons, ages 10 and 11.

While she says she didn’t exactly advertise her familial connection, she didn’t hide her political leanings with the people she filmed: “With my last name, obviously, you know where I stand politically.”

“Everyone looks at us like we’re liberals who live in a liberal bubble,” says Pelosi, who was born in San Francisco and went to school in Los Angeles before moving to Manhattan. “But we’re self-aware enough to know that’s not the only America that exists.”

Pelosi, 48, headed to Sutherland Springs, Texas, to discuss guns with survivors of a 2017 mass shooting in a church there. She also traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to talk race following the town’s deadly white nationalist rally last year, and Port Arthur, Texas, to get residents’ takes on global warming following Hurricane Harvey, which wreaked havoc there. She also road-tripped her way to Alabama to focus on the “Me Too” movement and to Pennsylvania to speak with coal miners who had just been laid off.

The experience “absolutely” changed her mind about some issues, she says.

“When you walk into a place like Port Arthur and they don’t have any jobs, they don’t have food to feed their families,” says Pelosi, “and you hear about global warming coming from cable news dictating it’s the most important issue.”

“We can talk about global warming in Manhattan all we want, but if you don’t have a job, why on earth would you say that’s the most important issue?” she asks. 

“I would warn all the 2020 presidential candidates not to get on their soapbox and preach global warming if nobody has food to eat in Port Arthur, Texas.”

The Emmy Award nominee railed against cable news outlets, saying they’ve all “gone tribal” and “are really unhealthy for the conversation.”

The trip, Pelosi said, likely had an effect on her son, who traveled with her to California to the U.S. border with Mexico as she chatted about immigration with a Border Patrol agent and activists.

“Ironically, my 11-year-old is totally pro-wall,” Pelosi says.

Asked if she expects her mother to be reelected Speaker if Democrats take the House next month, Pelosi responded, “There is absolutely no way I’m ever, ever going to answer that question.” Nancy Pelosi has floated the idea in recent days of serving as a “transitional” Speaker if Democrats retake the chamber on Nov. 6.

“I will tell you,” Alexandra Pelosi said, “Anything can happen.”

“I do not buy your blue wave narrative. You know who else doesn’t? Nancy Pelosi. She’d be the first to tell you,” she added.

On Monday, the elder Pelosi said Democrats would cruise to victory if the election were held today, but the party is keeping its eye on the ball for the final two weeks. 

“If the election were held today, the Democrats would handily win the House,” the California Democrat said during a CNN political forum. “I can only speak in the present tense, because you never know in another couple of weeks. … I’m telling you what would happen today.”

“I know that every single liberal in my Greenwich Village neighborhood is excited to get out and vote,” the minority leader’s daughter says. “But I don’t know that anybody in Port Arthur, Texas, is sharing their view, or wherever Donald Trump is campaigning tomorrow.”

“Outside the Bubble” premieres on HBO on Monday.