I've been talking about this scenario for a while, though not sure I've ever posted that opinion here.
Trump and his entire r*tard family have learned there is big $ to be made branding themselves the face of "the resistance" and of far right conservatism, or nativism or owning the libs, or whatever they call their f*cked up melange of politics.
Trump's entire schtick, from the beginning of his career, is to convince everyone how great he is because he says it over and over. He worked the NYC tabloids to run stories about him due to their extreme laziness.
Later, with some fame via books, he extended the brand of himself nationally, via TV.
After he was basically finished publicly, The Apprentice rebooted his image to millions of idiotic Americans.
He was always nosing around politics for attention and airtime, and eventually, the USA became corrupt enough, income equality bad enough, the people angry enough, that right wing populism elevated this crass clown to president.
And from that, horribly for us, Trump and his family learned the valuable lesson of how much money there is to be made off the stupidity and anger of about 40-45% of the US population.
He's not putting down the pipe of adulation, but more importantly, the money stream that will continue to flow for his two idiot sons and his vacant daughter.
Sure, if the vote is close, he'll take a shot at disputing it. Why not? He might come out on top somehow. It also feeds the narrative that Trump was "forced out by the deep state", thereby setting up Trump & Family to undermine US politics for years, in particularly the vulnerable months and years immediately following his (possible) defeat.
There is tons of corruption in the USA. There is tons of corruption around money and fundraising in politics. No way a family like the Trumps hasn't already sniffed out the fact that is boodles of money to be made from being political agitators.
Usually, decency and respect for the republic would stop someone from even considering this. Then take a look at Trump, Eric, Don Jr and tell me they care one whit for that.