April 8th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
6 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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. kim

    Yes, the true colors of Palin will keep emerging.
    This shows you what she really is.
    How dare Levi let the public know anything abut the real Sarah Palin, and how she uses anything for her advantage.
    What a control freak!

    April 8, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. dababe

    Why can't this go away? I don't want to see their faces on the news or on a news website when I sign in. The election ended months ago – enough already. Then again, she used him so why can't he get is 15 minutes of fame? He should be preaching about safe sex and the consequences of an oops.

    April 8, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Steve

    To Timm:

    Palin chose to publicize Johnston, parading before the media.

    Biden has wisely chosen to honor his daughter's privacy.

    Apples and oranges.

    April 8, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Terry

    The dicussion between Palin and Levi is ridiculous. They are two young kids who got caught. This is happening across American. Don't make such a big deal of it. Let go.

    April 8, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Wanda

    I sit and hear sane journalist on CNN and other somewhat credible news shows actually give this woman credit for something and think she may still have a future in politics - my guess is she won't get Governor EVER again – she will have it rough in politics of any nature and geeez...........stop parading this bunch of half-wits in the news every day and on TV shows - maybe they are "real people" but put them on Springer where they belong for goodness sake!

    April 8, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Ursula

    I didn't know trailer trash qualified to be snobs.

    Actually, if the Palins were in Florida, they would be in contempt of court. It is against the law for them to not let Levi take his son every other weekend and one evening on his off week. I hope he gets them in trouble.

    April 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. David

    While this doesn't qualify as national news, I'm glad Levi is coming out to tell his side of the story. Palin came to the republican convention with a bunch of lies and continued to spew those lies throughout the campaign. She has no credibility in my opinion. If nothing else, this whole silly drama helps to bring to light – albeit unflattering – Palin's true character. Her fans need to get past her good looks and see how hateful she is.

    I feel sorry for Levi, Bristol, and their baby. Palin? Not so much.

    April 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Karen

    Oh sweetie...your mother is a drug dealer, you knocked up another teen out of wedlock and didn't marry her, and you wear plaid. You ARE white trash.

    April 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Michael M. Noonan

    What a classless little boy.

    April 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Frances

    Just a thought ... if you ignore them they'll go away!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    This is the most ridiculous nonsense yet. These are the most dysfunctional families seen lately. Looks like they are starting a new soap opera.
    Just a bunch os bratty little children.

    April 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. yolanda

    Kitty, it's the conservatives who throw stones. If that was Obama's daughter that had a baby out of wedlock you would be crowing to the sun about how liberals are immoral etc. If you are going to preach the talk the family better walk the walk.

    April 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. meemawfrom the south

    William, I'm right there with you, sir. I have managed to escape that label, fortunately. I do,however, so enjoy staying on top of this Palin "Soap Opera". It makes for fun reading and watching.

    April 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. alice

    I'm with "Brady"...why are we still talking about this? And why is Sarah Palin stooping so low as to get in a war of words with a teenager?

    April 8, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Go away Sarah

    Whether Sarah likes it or not, Levi and his family are her grandchild's relatives and they are going to be in Sarah's life forever.

    How childish she is. Levi has an excuse for acting like a kid – he IS one. A forty-something grandma acting like a 15-year old "mean girl" is ridiculous.

    I'm glad Levi and his family are standing up for themselves.

    April 8, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. GOPer

    The Palins disgust me. They give new meaning to the word, "opportunist's". You go Levi, the truth will always prevail!

    April 8, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. peter

    The bottom line to this mess is that Sarah Palin should not have put
    these KIDS in the national spotlight. It doesn't matter what you or I think of Sarah Palin, IT WAS WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Michelle

    Who cares about Sarah Palin or any of her family or Levi's family or any of these nuts.

    Fade away please!

    April 8, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Lance Coardill

    Trailer trash gets his 15 minutes of fame. This would be newsworthy, why?

    April 8, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Eric M

    Bottom line here is that the couple was reportedly engaged. After the campaign, and birth of the child, they announce the break up. In the interim, Levi had attempted to become an apprentice electrician, if I recall correctly, until the media attention on his qualifications forced him out. His mother also got busted for dealing oxycontin.

    So let me get this straight. Bristol Palin is now a single mom. In terms of PR, breaking off the engagement with Levi could do nothing beneficial for Bristol or Sarah Palin.

    On the other hand, we have a relatively good looking teen father that is trying to extend his 15 minutes of fame. An unemployed 'baby daddy' complaining about not being allowed to see his kid enough? That's not exactly original.

    I'll bet my next ten years salary that he dumped Bristol.

    April 8, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. John Sturgis, SD

    You have to laugh at this backwoods family duo. People see this behavior and we understand that cliches aren't always wrong "it does takes all kinds." Palin is the fruit of the day, we've seen hoards of politicians almost make it into the big league of American politics. Palin is one of those individuals who don't recognize the fact that she's being humiliated at the kiddies table with Joe, the idiot plumber.

    April 8, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Bill

    Yet another episode of the Alaska Hillbillies!
    Keep up the support for Silly Sarah all you Republicans!
    She makes for great comedic relief and if she gets the nomination in 2012 she guarantees four more years of Democrats in the White house

    April 8, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Owen Miller

    "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.'"...really, Palin family? Look in the mirror.

    April 8, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Tim in Minnesota

    If you were Levi, and some powerful people were doing character assasination on you, you'd want to get on the news and clear you're name, wouldn't you?

    April 8, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Kevin -- Indiana

    If Sarah Palin doesn't like that Levi is in the national spotlight, she should have been smart enough to not drag him into it. It's not like he had much choice in being turned into a joke in front of the national media.

    April 8, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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