Seth Masket: “If Trump is trying to recruit allies for his reinstatement, at what point to we treat this not as a delusion but as a coup attempt? He kinda has priors.”
Lilly Goren: “Usually this turns into a civil war of some kind, at least if the deposed king is still wandering around. #Machiavelli had a lot to say about what to do with bloodlines, though that was much more in keeping with principalities and monarchies and not elected democracies/republics.”
Jonathan Bernstein: “It’s quite possible that Trump doesn’t realize what he’s proposing is flat-out illegal.”
Trump is not kidding at all. Since he left office, he's surrounded by nothing but lackeys and screwballs so there's been no one to say no to him about anything, including his delusions. Of course, what Trump is thinking doesn't matter, but if he is telling everybody that he will return to power in August, the Crazy Few might decide that it's time to take the Capitol insurrection on the road, especially in whatever places Trump decides are rightfully wins for him.
The man has been sick for a long time, but now he's entered the "danger to himself and others" territory, and he has plenty of folks who are afraid to tell him that it's not only a terrible idea, but the Big Lie as well.