April 8th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Johnston-Palin war of words continues

 Johnston appeared on CBS Wednesday, his second national TV interview this week.
Johnston appeared on CBS Wednesday, his second national TV interview this week.

(CNN) – The war of words between the families of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston doesn't appear to be letting up.

In an interview with CBS, Johnston sharply refuted the Palins' claim he was lying about being permitted to live with onetime fiancé Bristol Palin, and suggested the Palin family is now essentially treating him as an outcast.

"I'm just trying to get my side of the story out there and letting people know who I am," he said in the interview with CBS that aired Wednesday, adding that the biggest misconception about him is "probably that my family is white trash."

In the interview, his second national television sit-down in the last week, Johnston also said his relationship with Bristol Palin began to go deteriorate when Sarah Palin returned to Alaska after the presidential election in Alaska.

"I think when she got back is when it went downhill," he said. "They don't think of me the same way anymore."

Johnston also said he was "heartbroken" when the relationship ended but added "I got an amazing little boy out of it."

Johnston's sister Mercede, also taking part in the interview, was even harsher in her assessment of the Palins, saying they are downright "snobby."

"Look what they are doing," she said. "They are lying trying to save themselves. They are the ones that asked for it. They brought him to the campaign. They should have known what was coming."

In a statement issued earlier this week, Palin family spokesman Meghan Stapleton said Johnston and his family are on a "quest for fame, attention, and fortune."

The Johnstons say they have not been compensated for any of their media appearances.


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  1. Bob in VA

    LOL This is great. While GOPers are mocking President Obama for jousting with "private citizens" Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney, Palin is jousting with an 18-year-old kid. Now, that is really acting presidential.

    I cannot stop laughing at this moron. She is god's gift to Democrats and comedians.

    April 8, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. John Tate

    If Palin had half a brain then she'd just say "no comment" or "we ask everyone to let these young people work out their problems privately." Instead she just wants to trash him like she did her former brother-in-law. Why isn't the arrest of Palin's sister-in-law for burglary (accompanied by her 4 year old) getting coverage? The Palin's are the white trash half of this equation.

    April 8, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Mekonnen

    Of course, the actions of Caribou Barbie is not shocking... disappointing, but not shocking. After all the lying done by the Palin's during the campaign, it's not a large stretch of trust to believe the young man over Palin. It's sad that he has to go through this though... be glad you escaped her while you can... there are other caribou out there that might not get away like you...

    April 8, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. good thing...

    It is a good thing he isn't a state trooper or he just might be fired....LOL))) And she calls Pres. Obama an elitist...Come on, are you kidding me.

    April 8, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. ENOUGH!

    This sideshow is so finished.

    April 8, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Sam7

    How could Palin be a governor of a state if she can’t even govern her own home? All she can do is flap her jaw, point fingers or play the innocent victim.
    This lady truly embodies the essence of ‘White Trash’…

    April 8, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Robin in SC

    I believe Levi and feel sorry for the kid. His sister is right...the Palins should have known what was coming when they dressed him up and paraded him in front of America. He has nothing to lose by telling the truth, unlike Grandma Sarah. Trailer trash or not, he's the baby's Daddy and has a right to speak his mind and try to clear up Palin's public trashing of him and his family.

    April 8, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Missy in KY

    Who is on a "quest for fame, attention, and fortune"? I think Sarah Palin was talking about herself. She's the one starved for attention.

    April 8, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. Uncle Ellsworthy

    Levi is just milking it for all it's worth. You idiots are falling for it. All he wants is money and 15 minutes of fame. If his family is not white trash then explain the drug thing. Thats all folks.

    April 8, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. A little sad

    If Palin wants a political future, she better see that fair custody and/or visitation rights are worked out with Levi.

    If Levi did not bring this to media attention, is family would be completely rolled over.

    Sarah Palin would be dragging around her newest prop – er, grandchild, to the exclusion of that ellusive item, the best interest of the baby.

    Or does she just consider the best interest of the child irrelevant?

    April 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Joseph

    My fellow Americans Democrats Independents and yes even you republicans, we Dodged a Very Large Bullet this past election. Thank every God on record that this woman and her Jerry springer antics are not taking place in the American peoples White House.

    April 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Linda/Cali

    I agree with Marissa – she was spot on. Levi should count his blessings that Sarah Palin is not going to be his monster-in-law the same way 70% of America is counting our blessings that she isn't our VP. She's not white trash...that'd be a step up. She's 'Republican Trash'.

    April 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. anderson

    For goodness sakes Levi get a lawyer and stay off the TV. You will be judged on how YOU raise your son and not what the Palin's say or do.

    April 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. Carolyn

    The "Wasilla hillbillies" are snobby? I don't think any of them know what that word means.

    April 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. wow-Ohio

    I don't know if what he is doing is right or not but I get the feeling it can't all be lies.

    April 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Ari

    there is a God...I'm so glad he's not afraid of them! Sarah Palin needs to realize that she can't get away from it all...she has to pay for the consequences of her retarded actions

    April 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Joanna

    Wow Sarah, who didn't see all this coming from a mile away? Now your going to pick on a kid? You paraded these kids around for your benefit, cry about it, than bash an 18 yr old. Grow up lady!!

    April 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Debra Hasan

    Go Levi, Show them for what they are.

    April 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Susan

    Wow, some ugly and hateful comments here again. Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia from her house......Tina Fey anyone? But that's ok for you libs to continue to believe that story since you've believed every hope and promise your Messiah spewed at you and has yet to deliver. Any young man who trashes the mother of his baby is a punk and I sure hope the Palins go after the money the DNC is paying him for child support since he's not working or supporting his baby.

    April 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  20. John Tate

    What is most amusing is the the Palins are using a paid government spokesman to argue with a teenager.

    April 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Belle1

    The difference between the interviews of Levi and Bristol?

    Bristol did not disrespect Levi once in her interview. She did not demean Levi's family once.

    Yet, here is Levi, bashing Palin? As a Democrat, I find his and his family's behavior appalling. But then, the fact the PRESS would give him the time of day shows how much more gossip means than factual digging.

    Many of the comments here are equally repulsive. That is why CNN is losing credibility as an unbiased reporting source.

    April 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Bananarama Victim

    He's not a punk.

    He's a teenager who was thrust into the spotlight as a campaign prop and was kicked to the curb after he was no longer useful.

    Now the Palin camp tries to distort reality – big surprise.

    Who's to say who's lying, after all Levi did pal around with known liars – the Palins.

    April 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Clark

    no matter what the truth is .... if Levi was a standup kind of guy ... then he wouldn't be saying or doing anything that would hurt Bristol's reputation.

    April 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Steve In California

    Wow! This is getting like the Jerry Springer Show. Will there soon be big muscular guys in black t-shirts standing between Levi's family and the Palin's to prevent them from physically attacking each other?

    Sarah is politically pretty savvy. I'm sure in reality she couldn't care less what Levi and his family says. What she IS doing is desperately trying to keep her name in the news so that we don't quickly forget her. In her twisted little world, airing her family's dirty laundry makes her a viable presidential candidate. The only thing she is doing is assuring that she will not be that.

    April 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. bill

    No need to criticize Sarah Palin or try and expose her true nature. She is doing quite well on her own -showing how two-face and insincere she really is. She is a self-serving user -but she is really good at it.

    April 8, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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