As always, the Pointman is on point.
When you hear about a coup in another country, it usually happens in a small country in the Caribbean or South America or buried away in the Balkans somewhere. The TV rolls the almost stock footage of old WWII tanks rolling towards the presidential palace and the state-run television or radio stations being taken over by a few platoons of armed soldiers. The single nationwide newspaper will get the same treatment. That’s the usual way of doing it, but for both reasons of culture and sheer scale, it simply wasn’t a viable way to seize control of the American government.
This was a slow coup, initiated by political opponents of Trump and executed by usually faceless individuals who’d nearly all been appointed by the outgoing administration to top positions within both the executive and judicial branches of government. To name a few departments, FBI, DoJ, State, odds and sods of the Fort Meade Maryland and Langley Virginia feral children and no doubt a few people in the judiciary to rubber stamp the coup’s legality. Add in the fake news machine cranked up to full volume, and they were all involved in some way or another.