It seems to me that the article rather misses the point, which is simply that it really doesn't matter whether or not Trump is in the White House in 2021. The Republican Party has clearly shown that it has total contempt for democratic norms and is fully committed to power at any cost. Furthermore, nearly 43 million Republican voters are so simple-minded, prejudiced, ignorant, and morally void that they will vote for anyone the GoP puts forward provided that figurehead continues to promise a return to the 1950s. It is abundantly clear there are no institutions that can stand in the way of tyranny, and tyranny is welcomed by the simple-minded as "defending our freedom." The USA is already finished; all that remains are relatively unimportant details.