According to Suetonius, Caligula had plans to make his favorite horse, Incitatus, a consul.
Why? Because he was insane and thought a horse was a man? Or because he was drunk on power and would enjoy seeing everyone else assiduously “not noticing” that the consul was a horse?
Something similar could be asked about the naked emperor in H. C. Andersen’s famous fable. Was he the most gullible man that ever lived — or was he just on a power trip?
And — but no, I’d better just stop here.