Why do Donald Trump's supporters continue to defend him despite a long string of lies, risky decisions and provocations?

According to The New York Times, it's because they feel compelled to defend him.

“He’s not a perfect guy; he does some stupid stuff,” said Minnesota man Tony Schrantz, 50. “But when they’re hounding him all the time it just gets old. Give the guy a little.”

The Times story also features interviews in which the Trump supporters were asked what they think of his many, many lies.

According to the story, it "only galvanizes them further" even as they admit it makes them nervous.

“It bothers me that he doesn’t tell the truth," said Julie Knight of Washington. "But I guess I kind of expect that, and I expect that from the media, too — not to always tell the truth or to slant it one way."

The people interviewed also repeated lies from Fox News and other outlets—especially when it came to defending Trump's decision to take small children from their parents and lock them in cages along the border.

“Those cages and those families — that was actually filmed during the Obama administration, not the Trump administration,” said Illinois man Clayton Smith.