How does this all play out? I have no idea. Will Trump sign his name to whatever Paul Ryan serves up? Who knows.
But he's not some sort of malevolent trickster genius. Matt Yglesias gets it right:
The first time anything goes wrong, Trump will be facing a public that’s primed to believe the president is ill-tempered, dishonest, unqualified, and already doing a bad job — and he has no media magic that can help him cover that up.