You may remember that the “Queen of Hearts” in the Disney version of “Alice in Wonderland” had one solution to all her grievances.  It was “off with their heads.”  Metaphorically, former Trump adviser and current podcaster Steve Bannon reminds me of the cartoon character.

Bannon, who is currently under indictment and awaiting trial for Contempt of Congress, has been calling for the jailing of various perceived enemies of President Trump. In many cases, he is boldly predicting that they WILL be incarcerated after Republicans take control of Congress and the presidency.

Foremost in Bannon’s crosshairs is Trump’s 2016 presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.  That is not new.  For the past four years, Bannon and other Trump folks have been in the front row of the chorus chanting, “lock her up.”  While many in the Trump base would like to see Clinton behind bars, the odds are heavily against that ever happening.  

The best Bannon can hope for is the indictment and conviction of a few of the Clinton operatives responsible for the debunked Steele dossier.  Those cases are currently being investigated by Special Counsel John Durham – and already Clinton operative Michael Sussmann has been indicted by a Grand Jury.  

Bannon is going further afield with predictions that two more major Republican honchos will go to jail.  One of them is former Attorney General William Barr and the other is FBI Director Christopher Wray – two people appointed by Trump.  And those are only at the top of the list.  Both Bannon and Trump repeatedly point to people who they believe should be – and will be – investigated if the GOP takes control of Congress.

Congress, however, cannot prosecute crimes.  They can only investigate and send criminal referrals over to the Department of Justice.  That means for any of Bannon’s dreams to come true, Republicans would have to win the White House in 2024.  If it is someone other than Trump, it is unlikely that criminal cases would be pursued against any of the major players on the Bannon enemy list.  A non-Trump Republican administration is more likely to focus on democrat wrong-doers – with Hunter Biden (and possibly “the big man”) as the top targets.

The lock ‘em up rhetoric on both sides is mostly political hyperbole.  I expect both sides to be disappointed when the major players on the other side do not wind up in the hoosegow.

So, there ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.