Those are some lovely thoughts, but I wish I shared your optimism about this as a strongly assured outcome. Unfortunately I think at this point it is more likely that Trump will be successful in some form of coup than not successful. Here's what I think he will do. He will impound all of the ballots that he can get his hands on, order his militia, backed by his army of Second Amendment nutjobs, to surround state capitals and state election commissions and simply confiscate the evidence of his loss. Once the evidence is acquired and in his control that he has lost the election, it will be disappeared, never to be seen again, and imprisoned under some phony Declaration of National Security. Bill Barr will float some horseshit about election fraud, and begin the pro-forma indictment of state election commissions which of course will not result in any charges because they won't be any evidence for that but it will intimidate the election commissions into shutting up. At that point Trump will declare that because the election was fraudulently stolen by Biden (and the confiscated ballots will be claimed as proof of this) that the election is invalidated and in that context that he is still the president. He might graciously announce that he'll drop the charges against the state election commissions and against Biden and another Democrats in exchange for simply forgetting the whole thing. It's possible that there will be other efforts at distraction and of course in the context of these and other similar type actions there will be widespread rioting in many cities which of course will give Trump an excuse to send in his Stormtroopers and at that point I suspect people will begin dying. I do not think that the militias at that point will spare lethal Force. I wish I had a rosier picture of what's going to happen, but I think Trump has declared himself to be Psychopathic through and through, and although he does not like doing violence himself, it's pretty clear he's more than happy to have other people do violence for him such as his racist border control kidnapping children from their parents, and his militia shooting tear gas and impact weapons at protesters. Anybody who has a more optimistic picture of what's going to happen I think is simply being naive about Trump. Whether or not this succeeds will depend on what the Republicans Senate is willing to live with. I think they've shown that they are probably simply going to disappear and allow this to continue. The House of course will impeach Trump on the spot for all this, but then we're back into the business of the Senate not following through. A second impeachment vote is likely to be closer because I think there will be some Republicans who find a formal coup a bridge too far. But will 12-15 Republicans (depending on how many seats did the Republicans lose) move that way? I don't think so but I could be wrong. Then there's the question of where the Supreme Court will line up, but I don't think it's going to come down to a court case. Again I'd love to be proven wrong on all of this but I fear the worst. We've already seen evidence of just how totally sociopathic Trump really is. The other reason I'm deeply concerned is that the Democrats frankly are a bunch of f****** pussies. I don't mean to be offensive in that regard, but when people behave badly what the Democrats do is whine about it instead of arresting them. There were numerous instances during the impeachment hearing when the Witnesses were in contempt of congress and there were no consequences. I think the Republicans know that the Democrats are pussies and can be counted on to rollover in this context. There will be a lot of gnashing of teeth and complaining and righteous speeches but none of that's going to make any difference. Like I said, I'd love to be proven wrong on this, but I fear the worst. If we are not prepared and if people in Battleground states do not hold their Senators feet to the fire on a second impeachment vote at that point, I don't see a good outcome. We are already much closer to Fascism in this country than a lot of people think, and this would simply be the final transition.