“In the waning weeks of Donald Trump’s term, the country’s top military leader repeatedly worried about what the president might do to maintain power after losing reelection, comparing his rhetoric to Adolf Hitler’s during the rise of Nazi Germany and asking confidants whether a coup was forthcoming.” Joint Chiefs chairman feared potential ‘Reichstag moment’ aimed at keeping Trump in power. (What you saw was what happened.)

+ It’s not just us. Authoritarianism advances as world battles the pandemic. “COVID is a dictator’s dream opportunity.”