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Paul Ryan Claimed ‘Only 1 Person’ Wants Border Wall

House Speaker Paul Ryan, privately insisted that plans for a border wall between the United States and Mexico are dead, which is partially because barely anyone is willing to build it, says a new report from Breitbart News.

The report said Ryan privately told those at a dinner only “one member” wanted to build the wall.

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., one of Breitbart’s “multiple sources with direct knowledge of the comments,” said Ryan downplays support for the border wall as part of the GOP establishment’s fear of the issue.

“Ryan told a group of Republicans he met with … that only one person wants a wall,” Tancredo told Breitbart News.

Tancredo claimed support for President Donald Trump’s signature issue is far stronger than Ryan mentioned.

“Of course he means only one person in his entourage and of the leadership,” he said. “I know several people in Congress who want a wall and I know that there are millions of Americans who want a wall.”

“You have to understand the level of fear that exists in the Republican establishment about this issue,” he added.

“The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want a wall … the pressure is greater from the Chamber of Commerce than it is from the member,” said Tancredo, who opposed illegal immigration during his time in Congress. “That’s the basic problem. It was then. It is now.”

Tancredo said that the leadership’s agenda is not to crack down on illegal immigration.

“Ryan and the Senate Majority Leader (Mitch McConnell) would rather have had Hillary than Donald Trump for that very reason,” he said. “They failed at stopping him and now they’re going to have to stop him legislatively.”

In early August, Ryan released a video promoting the wall. However, one expert suggested that had nothing to do with actually getting the wall in place.

It was all about “messaging,” said Steve Bell, a former top GOP Senate budget aide now with the Bipartisan Policy Center.

“I think they want to be able to go back home, having to face voters in 2018, and say, ‘I voted for the wall,” Bell said.

Writing for The Washington Times, Cheryl Chumley said that the fear stopping GOP leaders from acting is misplaced.

“The sad reality is that if these reluctant Republicans could actually stand tall for a principle that voters actually applauded — like the wall, like the repeal of Obamacare, to name a couple — then their own seats would be safe. Voters would respond as they did with Trump — with record turnout at rallies and with strong voices at the poll booths,” she wrote.

“It’s the RINO whom conservatives are sick of; it’s the establishment they seek to unseat. Note to Republicans worried about the optics of a border wall: Want to win the hearts and voters of constituents? Take a stand, buck the party-first system and get behind an idea that actually resonates with the people, not just the special interests,” Chumley added.