It was a coup attempt with little chance of success. As the article said, other centers of power were not part of this process. The man in charge is just not smart enough to figure out how to do this.
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 was a shot across the bow to warn of the failing American democracy. The 2020 election still had the man as a contender for the job. A second shot.
Next time a smarter populist will be able to put the pieces together.
It is time for a new democracy.