October 28th, 2009
05:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin blasts Johnston for 'attention getting lies'

A representative for former Gov. Palin fired back Wednesday at recent accusations by Levi Johnston about how Palin referred to her youngest child, Trig.
A representative for former Gov. Palin fired back Wednesday at recent accusations by Levi Johnston about how Palin referred to her youngest child, Trig.

(CNN) – The national war of words between Sarah Palin and the man who was nearly her son-in-law flared up once again on Wednesday, as Levi Johnston accused Palin of frequently describing her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, as "retarded."

Palin's team shot back in an e-mail to reporters, calling the claim "inflammatory" and accusing CBS - the network that aired Johnston's latest interview - of "continually providing a forum to propagate lies."

"We have purposefully ignored the mean spirited, malicious and untrue attacks on our family," Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said in the e-mail, on which Palin's lawyer Thomas Van Flein was copied. "We, like many, are appalled at the inflammatory statements being made or implied. Trig is our 'blessed little angel' who knows it and is lovingly called that every day of his life. Even the thought that anyone would refer to Trig by any disparaging name is sickening and sad."

Stapleton went on to blast Johnston, who is preparing for a photo shoot with Playgirl magazine, as desperate for publicity.

"Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies - those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention," she said.

Johnston first made the accusation in a September interview with Vanity Fair and expanded on his claim about Trig during an appearance on the CBS "Early Show" on Wednesday.


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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Really don't care.....another way to get in the news.....who cares....

    CNN is the official agent for Sara Paline??????? Seem to be the only ones telling us her daily life...WHY??????

    October 28, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. tracy

    i believe him

    October 28, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. AJ

    Oh thats rich coming from Palin, the Queen of the attention getting lies!

    October 28, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Wake America. The woman is the antichrist. First dude guards the gates of Hades.

    October 28, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. Denna

    Awww and they were such a nice looking family at the Republican National Convention. I just "loved" all that "oh, they're getting married". Sounds to me like Levi can't stand you Sarah. I can't believe that a smart cooky like McCain let himself be forced into taking this woman as a running mate.

    October 28, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. mark in atlanta

    Don't be so hard on Sarah. Trig calls her retarded.

    October 28, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. Lacrotch mom

    CNN couldn't find any race baiting story's to bring out the bloggers today, so they had to double down on the Palin story's.

    October 28, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Bob Young

    This whole sorry event is getting more attention than it deserves. All the Palin's need to do is consider the source and let it go. Why lose sleep over comments made by someone with little credibility?

    October 28, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. jason

    Why wont she just go away already. She has no chance of running in 2012. This is a women who quit cause she couldint handle the pressure and media attention in ALASKA!!!!!!!! give her a show on fox right after beck. That way all the birthers and teabaggers can holla at the t.v u go girl .

    October 28, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. Bruce

    This family is one sad tail. I sometimes wonder what is next. Levi is no jewel but then Sarah and her family also have issues that would be a hit on a realty show.

    For me though, I am not at all a fan of reality shows and think this is one family that ought to be left to itself. Of course as long as Sarah Palin wishes to be in the public eye that will not happen.

    She is her own realty show.

    October 28, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. mjm

    Come on CNN...Palin is not THAT big of a threat, is she?

    This was the third time today that Palin was on the Ticker in a negative light.

    7 out of 10 say she's not qualified to be president. Well, 7 out of 10 don't understand the qualifications. 35 yrs old, US born citizen living in the states for 14 years...She can run for president. Let the vote decide the rest.

    So she doesn't want to back Dede. Big deal. She can back who ever she wants.

    And now this. Levi claims Palin called her own son a retard. Who would ever believe such a thing.....And CNN repeats it.

    October 28, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. wazobia

    Palin loves attention and craves spotlight, so what is wrong if the young man is doing the same thing.

    October 28, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. charlie in Maine

    "Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies – those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention," she said.

    Well as my Momma used to say "It takes one to know one sweetie"

    October 28, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. la austin

    "Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies – those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention." The same could be said about beauty pageants, Miss Wasilla...

    October 28, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. demogal

    Oh, please! Can't we just ignore all of these idiots?

    October 28, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. BDV

    That's the trash that the commies of the left resort to in order to throw mud at the most decent Governor America has known, and a real threat to their nazi-communist agenda.

    They talk about Gov. Palin's qualifications to be President; see what the qualifications of the current occupent of the WH are, and the mess he and his stupid people have gotten this country into.

    SHAME on you commie-nazis.

    October 28, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. Tony in Maine

    This is beyond tawdry.

    Can you imagine the handstands at Fox should the cast of characters be Democrats?

    Levi – just shut up, you've had your fifteen minutes.

    Sarah – you've also had your fifteen minutes and you've parleyed it into a couple of million. Invest the money, go back out to Bristol Bay and have an Oly.

    October 28, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  18. TangledThorns

    It's a shame this young man has been seduced by the left wing fools in Hollywood. He has no real future now.

    October 28, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Tim

    This woman is a moron, please lets move on.......

    October 28, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. snowflake

    Could we PLEASE put this woman and her family BEHIND US????
    Everyday it's the same spin about a "Palin", no matter which one! It has been a year since the election and her BIG defeat!! Her books are already a bargain on Amazon.com at $9.00, and her ex-son-in-law most likely is "telling it like it is"!! Forget about playing defense, Sara, and go sign some books!!!

    October 28, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. Marie in California

    Levi Johnston is a piece of self-serving, egotistical scum.

    October 28, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Yes, woman who repeatedly gets into public beefs with the high school dropout who impregnated her teenage daugher actually thinks she could be President. Haaaaahahahahahahaahhaaaa!

    October 28, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. Alfred E. Neumann

    I believe that it is Johnston who is character challenged, probably since birth.

    October 28, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. STILL unemployed in Iowa

    Levi equals MORON

    October 28, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  25. get'em Johnston!!!

    "We, like many of the people of the United States, are appalled at the inflammatory statements being made or implied by Mrs. Palin. That she continues to insult our intelligence every day while very funny is way past old news. Even the thought that Palin would appear on the news for all her opinions or any change in her daily schedule however minute is sickening and sad."

    "Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies – Palin and her supporters reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention."

    October 28, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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