Indi Samarajiva compares Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his loss of the election with a coup she lived through in Sri Lanka:

The coup was a farce at the time but how soon it turned to tragedy. They called it a constitutional crisis, but how soon it became a real one. Right now, the same thing is happening to you. I’m trying to warn you America. It seems stupid now, but the consequences are not.

We are squarely in the farce phase. Bill Maher has been calling it, since at (at least) 2016, a “slow moving coup.” This coup is almost certainly not going to succeed, but the damage has already been done. I expect to see it happen over and over again, until it actually works.