Charles J Sykes in The New York Times summarizes the right's defense of Trump so perfectly it should be engraved in diamonds:
As the right doubles down on anti-anti-Trumpism, it will find itself goaded into defending and rationalizing ever more outrageous conduct just as long as it annoys CNN and the left.
This is something I've struggled to articulate for a while now -- the willful ignorance of otherwise (somewhat) intelligent people defending what is now clearly a state of emergency. Continues Sykes:
For the anti-anti-Trump pundit, whatever the allegation against Mr. Trump, whatever his blunders or foibles, the other side is always worse.
But the real heart of anti-anti-Trumpism is the delight in the frustration and anger of his opponents. Mr. Trump’s base is unlikely to hold him either to promises or tangible achievements, because conservative politics is now less about ideas or accomplishments than it is about making the right enemies cry out in anguish.
This is in essence why we are here today -- politics in America is now so tribal, so partisan and so nasty that informed, rational people decided Hillary Clinton couldn't be voted for because she was on the Blue team. Was she guilty of anything? No, but she was a Democrat (and a woman), so instead the Red team voted for the lunatic. And also it irritated the hell out of all those whiny liberals -- the icing on the cake that apparently makes all of this OK.