All of this means, at the very least, that Trump could have said that he brutally assaulted someone with a baseball bat and smashed the person's head in, enjoying every minute of it, laughing about it in the retelling, or even that he had killed the person, and it might well be excused by many evangelicals leaders.
On a purely political level, it isn't especially surprising that extreme conservative groups and people like these would support Trump. But in thinking about the bigger picture, whether the people who claim to be loyal followers of Jesus of Nazareth could support a man like Donald Trump, this is a puzzle.
In truth, the life "Jesus taught in the New Testament" bears no resemblance to the life and actions of Trump. It is in the New Testament where Jesus says that his gospel can be summed up in "two commandments": "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" and, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
With the Iowa caucuses upon us, it seems like every Republican tramping through the snow claims to be a Bible-believing, God-fearing, Jesus-loving Christian. Some trot out their parents; others offer personal conversion stories. Some defend persecuted Christians; others explain their policies in Biblical terms. It's a fruitless exercise.