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. Willsooooon!!!

    I think if he makes her that nervous, then there's some truth behind his statements.

    October 28, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Charlotte M

    Seriously, who's payroll is he on? We get that he's desperate and willing to say anything for publicity; but if you're going to include lies at least make them believeable.

    Never been a fan of Sarah Palin, but I don't believe for one second that she'd refer to her son as "retarded".

    October 28, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Bill P

    No fan of Palin but this KID needs to worry more about being a good father.
    His child and Trig will grow up together.
    He should try his best to be a MAN and not fight with his childs family.

    October 28, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. Jim Duignan

    Everybody's lying but you. But then, hey, he was your almost son-in-law!

    October 28, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. John

    I cannot believe ANYONE could be so intellectually deficient that they would want to read the story of this ditzy, idiot who cut her teeth in politics at a step up aerobics class and got what education she did get from mickey mouse community colleges.
    Could you imagine the laughter from the leaders from around the world if we trotted this valley girl out at some big "Yalta" somewhere.
    What would she talk about if she were there?
    Whats wrong with the idiots who have so little pride in their country that they would actually vote for this brainless twit?

    October 28, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Runofthemill

    Do you have any doubt whatsoever that the blissfully ignorant dope who knocked up palin's kid has any filter on what he says? He has nothing to gain by letting slip that palin refers to her downs tot as a retard. And it so fits with the phony baloney palin image, pretty little pagaent girl with nary a hair out of place ane the wardrobe scarfed on opm, but a total beaotch on wheels off camera. Funny stuff. Ad she is the best the republicons have to offer. Good for America.

    October 28, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  7. AugustS816

    WOW! What a difference a year makes. This time last year Levi was her precious soon to be son-in-law. Makes you wonder about this family doesn't it? Where is the former First-Dude in all of this? Hiding behind Miss Sarah's skirt? No matter how she slices it Levi is going to be a part of their lives for a long time as he is the father of her only grandchild. And I think he's just learning from his baby's grandmother. She's pimping her conservative agenda to make money, so why can't he do the same with his playgirl spread. What a beautiful representative of a nice wholesome conservative family. June Cleaver, Harriet Nelson and Donna Reed would be so proud I'm sure.

    October 28, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. omgamike

    I think Ms. Stapleton, before lambasting Mr. Johnston for his upcoming photo shoot, should close all of the windows in Palin's glass house, before throwing any more rocks. Mr. Johnston is doing what he feels he needs to do in order to make some money for his needs and wants. Sarah Palin has done a whole lot more, already, to earn vast sums of money for her own needs and wants; i.e. book deal, appearances on the lecture circuit, etc.
    Finally, I wish that news organizations would just simply ignore this family's ongoing struggles. There are so many other things that are so much more important that we should be reading and discussing.

    October 28, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. JimZ

    This sounds like a lawyer carefully crafted Palin's response. Nowhere does she flatly deny that she referred to Trig as "retarded". Just another Republican word game.

    October 28, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. Ruth

    I'm no fan of Sarah Palin, but Levi has had his 15 minutes and now just needs to git.

    October 28, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. Tracy

    Levi Johnston would say anything for a dollar...

    Why anyone listens is beyond me.

    Leave Sarah Palin alone already, media. Focus on how Barney Frank ran a gay prostitution ring out of his basement instead.

    October 28, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. On the other hand...

    Levi has taken his 15 minutes and turned out to be a real disappointment. Too bad.

    But Sarah Palin rocks. She doesn't pull any punches and this is one of the things that makes her so effective.

    October 28, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  13. M J

    Palin and Johnston deserve each other. Pass the popcorn.

    October 28, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  14. Biased

    Make this young man disappear off the media screen PLEASE!

    October 28, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  15. hometowndemocrat

    Palin "blasts" someone for "attention getting lies"??????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..........oh my, thanks for the laugh. The Queen of "attention getting lies" blasts someone..........oh here it comes again...........HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Why won't this stupid stupid woman just go away!!!! Please, someone find her a doublewide to crawl into......................

    October 28, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. Kim in MN

    "Desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention" Who is calling the kettle black.

    October 28, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. A wised up Democrat who is now an Independant

    This stinks to "HIGH HEAVEn" and I condemn CNN for even airing the story. Anyone can tell this is a drummed lie from a low life red neck trying to make a name for himself. BUT THIS IS JUST WHAT THE LEATHERHEADED BULK OF OBAMA BACKERS want to start their jabbering inuendos against a woman. In fact a nice, beautiful, honest much smarter woman than ERKEL will ever be. As for LEVI keep it up and your lies will turn you into a twisted withering snake on the ground.

    October 28, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. windrider

    Well, maybe Levi is just an immature petulant kid spreading lies. On the other hand, we've heard enough from other former friends of Palin (usually ones she stabbed in the back once she needed to step over them on her way up the political food chain) that she bends the truth, exaggerates, and creates personal history on the basis of what sounds good on the stump. I think that what we think we know about Sarah Palin has been manufactured and shaped to create a certain image of her that may not match the real person. I would hope, in this instance, that Levi is not telling the truth, that Palin is not calling Trig "retarded", not even in a teasing manner. He may have Down's Syndrome but he's not oblivious to the world around him, and if true, words like that can be very damaging.

    October 28, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. Josh

    Levi Johnston is right up there in my book alongside Kevin Federline...what a tool!

    October 28, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  20. New Yorker

    Seems CNN will do some pretty low moves to get attention also. Why are you giving this punk publicity?

    October 28, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Tammy

    Go away, all of you!

    October 28, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Lola

    Like anyone would really believe either one of them. Neither one is really trustworthy, but she is just as guilty as he is when it comes to using the media for her personal gains and hurting others. But I think we all know she is very capable of being hateful and telling lies. Just listen to her.

    October 28, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. welches, Oregon

    boy, she sure can dish it out but sure can't take it Weak Weak Weak
    oh and for the record – Dems aren't "afraid" of Salah Palin, we laugh at her and her weak weak mind. Hey we want her to run for Pres in 2012...should be fun entertainment. wink wink you betcha

    October 28, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. Mariann Pepitone

    I believe Levi Johnston has a problem and he needs severe help. Any man that would make up stories about the woman that would have been his mother-in-law like he has been doing is a sick minded person. He only used Sarah's daughter for his own benefit and she should be glad to get rid of him. He has no respect for himself posing in playgirl and besides that he doesn't even have a job, he is living off his parents. He is lazy and wants to make money the easy way. Sarah Palin should file a suit against him for slandering her.

    October 28, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Viola

    Not a Palin fan....but seriously this guy needs to get a job and a life.

    October 28, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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