Duke, who is also a former Louisiana lawmaker, made the comments during his radio show last week. The comments were flagged by BuzzFeed on Tuesday.
“I praise the fact that he’s come out on the immigration issue,” Duke said on his program. “I’m beginning to get the idea that he’s a good salesman. That he’s an entrepreneur and he has a good sense of what people want to hear what they want to buy. …
“And I think he realizes that his path to popularity toward power in the Republican Party is talking about the immigration issue. And he has really said some incredibly great things recently,” Duke said on his program. “So whatever his motivation, I don’t give a damn. I really like the fact that he’s speaking out on this greatest immediate threat to the American people.”
Duke said his thoughts on Trump have evolved. He described Trump as untrustworthy, but the “best of the lot.”