Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) on Monday said that white nationalist David Duke’s support of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE does not make the GOP presidential front-runner racist.

“I’ve read some of the things he said and it looks to me that he totally disavowed the endorsement,” he told Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe."

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“Does anybody think Donald Trump is a racist?” Huckabee asked. "I don’t. I mean, I really don’t. I don’t know of anything in his life that indicates that this man has racist tendencies.”

Trump has come under fire from his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination and a host of other Republicans for not disavowing Duke's endorsement during a CNN interview on Sunday. Trump distanced himself from Duke at a Friday news conference, but did not do so on Sunday. 

In another interview on Monday, Trump blamed his comments on a faulty earpiece. 

Huckabee said that Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, is universally reviled as a representative of bigotry.

“David Duke and the KKK are absolutely abominable,” he said. "I don’t think that anybody I know, anybody I’ve ever known supports them.”

Some have wondered whether Trump did not offer a stronger statement on Sunday because of the upcoming Super Tuesday contests in the South, but Huckabee said Duke is reviled there. Trump, he said, may not realize that. 

“I doubt he is as sensitive about just how deplorable David Duke is to many of us in the South,” he said of Trump.

“Race relationships are not only dramatically better, but I think in many cases better than they are in other parts of the country,” the former Arkansas governor added. "I think that this continuing perception that the South is still a hotbed of racism, Joe, that’s nonsense and you know that’s nonsense.”

Mike Huckabee’s remarks follow his daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders becoming a senior adviser for the Trump campaign last week.

Trump dodged questions about Duke’s support during an uncomfortable interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper last Sunday. The outspoken billionaire has repeatedly denied he appreciates Duke’s support in the GOP presidential primary.

Duke urged listeners on his radio show to back Trump last week, adding that supporting Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio Rubio The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation GOP group's ad calls on Graham to push for election security: 'Are you still trying?' Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joins CBS News as contributor MORE (R-Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Cruz on reported Kavanaugh allegations: There's nobody Democrats don't want to impeach MORE (R-Texas) instead constitutes “treason to your heritage."