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

Johnston-Palin war of words continues

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/08/art.levi.gi.jpg caption=" 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.

Filed under: Levi Johnston • Sarah Palin
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Sheri

    Granted, Levi showed poor judgment in going on national television and essentially bashing the Palin family, but truth be told Levi is still a child mentally himself. It is probably more out of frustration that he is doing what he is doing than anything else because he lacks life experiences to handle this more like an adult than a child.

    As for the Palins, Sara needs to drop this whole thing. She got used to the limelight/spotlight during the campaign, she liked the attention she got. and now that it's gone, she can't stand not being the talk of the town (or nation for that matter) anymore. Talk about being a attention/fame whore, Sara Palin is it and she is a poor example of a mother at the moment.

    For the sake of her kids, family and grandbaby, go away Sara. We aren't interested in you any more. We lost interest in you when the election was over. Go back to governing Alaska, and stop acting like a darn ice princess/queen just because Alaksa is cold most of the time. Doesn't mean you need to be. Sheesh, you're a poor example of how an adult should behave. And I'm not referring to just this story alone. You've been a poor example of an adult for a very long time. Grow up and go home. Stay out of my news.

    April 8, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Andrew from DC

    "In a statement issued earlier this week, Palin.."
    To say that Sarah Palin's deteriorating relationship with her ex – to be son-in-law is not relevant or newsworthy is absurd. First of all as evidenced by the quote above, Palin is engaging in public dialogue about this issue. Also for Palin, one who would support legislation of questionable and religiously based morality and ethics onto the general population, to be mired by this type of distasteful controversy (and her hypocritical handling of the issue) is both educational and intesely amusing.

    April 8, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. shawn

    Notice to Levi Johnston & the Johnston family:
    When you say:
    "I'm just trying to get my side of the story out there and letting people know who I am," you need to know that no one cares who you are. Your little boy cares who you are and what will he think of you when he grows up and reads the yellow journalism, trash talking interviews you and your family are doing with regard to his Mom and her side of the family?
    Go back to obscurity, get your education, grow up and become the man your son needs you to be.

    April 8, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. S.M

    Couldn't one say the samething about the Palin family? When she decided bring Levi into the picture at the Republican convention and parade the teenagers around as if being pregnant out of wedlock is a great thing, than Palin can blame herself for all of the Hoop La.

    April 8, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Appalled at Coleman

    I applaud Levi for speaking out, HOW DARE the Palins try and seperate him from his own child (unless there is something we don't know!).
    The Palin family attitude about this flies in the face of all the 'family first, my kid is honorable and will get married' stuff we heard all thru the election. Obviously Levi was USED to put forth a false impression of a perfect conservative family.....
    Finally......are people JUST getting that the Palins are snobs?? For Pete's sake, she talks of herself in the third person as 'the governor', the 'first family'.......their quote was 'do you think the governor would allow Levi to stay at the house'....even her aides have to talk in the 'royal' plural!!

    April 8, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Shadysider

    Keep swinging Levi. Palin is a fool and you might actually win this argument.

    April 8, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Les, Utah

    How does anyone think anything concerned with Palin will be kept private? And does anyone(other than a few as dumb as she) think she will EVER be a viable candidate for ANY office? She and the Repugnant party have already proved how stupid she and they are and how dumb they think the American people are.
    I know Palin's super-inflated ego won't let her see what a dummy she is and I hope the Reps. keep nominating her for some limelight position, guaranteed to keep Democrats winning.

    April 8, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Veronica, CA

    I understand that you wanted to have your side told. You did so now do something about your woes. The most important thing is that little boy and he needs both parents in his life. Go to court and seek equal custody otherwise going from network to network airing your personal life is not going to change the fact that you do not have your son as often as you'd like.

    April 8, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Joseph, Boston

    Looks like the woman who could have been a heartbeat away from the presidency is now a phone call away from Jerry Springer.

    April 8, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Angela

    This can be one of those cheep & cheesy realty shows that are everywhere

    April 8, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Chris, Ohio

    Thank God the American people saw through this nitwit and didn't elect the Republicans to the White House! I am truly amazed with every news story – it's like the train wreck that never stops. Hard to believe she was ever a "serious" contender for the VP.

    Sarah, honey, let the kids alone to work out their problems and go back to what you're being PAID to do – govern Alaska – at least for the time being. Hopefully Alaskans will realize you are doing them no favors whatsoever and elect someone else next time so you can get back to looking after your family (and you're doing SUCH a fine job of it too). You've shown what your capable of, and quite frankly, I for one am not impressed. Trading insults with an 18 year old....not exactly a fair fight, is it? Unfortunately for you, he's winning.

    April 8, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Andy

    This is the same kind of relationship Palin had with her brother-in-law, the Alaska state trooper. She set out to use her office to destroy him when his marriage to her sister went sour. That is why the name "Sarah Barracuda" is so appropriate for her.

    April 8, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Patriot1013


    Palin's boasted to Charlie Rose that Alaska's proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience. Several GOP surrogates repeated this laughable idea that she had foreign policy credentials because Alaska is close to a foreign country. Kind of like saying I can assist with a brain surgery because my neighbor is a neurologist.

    April 8, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Matt

    Just shows that Sarah Palin is not a good person – period. I thank God everyday that woman and her "morals" aren't anywhere near the White House!!

    April 8, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. MG

    I think people need to realize is that he and his family aren't getting paid for the interviews as mentioned in the article- and that's saying something. Has anyone seen any pictures of him and his child alone? I think he's telling the truth and just wants some support. He's up against an egotistic domineering and ambitious woman who happens to be the governor of his state. He doesn't have much to lose, but he can let America see who she is and what kind of family she's living in. It doesn't matter if he had a child out of wedlock. The child is his. Bristol didn't have him alone. Not only that, but he's 18.

    April 8, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. MommaRoo

    Come on. The whole wedding thing seemed staged from the onset of the pregnancy announcement.

    Bristol's pregnant,.... let's tell everyone how happy the couple is and they are "planning" to wed (not to upset any right wing Christian groups or to seem hypocritical on entire abstinence stance).

    Anyone watching the Republican National Convention could tell Levi was being paraded around,.. while he looked entirely uncomfortable, perhaps he may even realize now that he was being exploited out of circumstance for Palin's gain). Regardless, he's speaking out. Good for him.
    The baby needs both parents, try to get along for him!
    Now, please let all Palin drama fade. 15 minutes are up folks!

    April 8, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. John in Ohio

    The Palins exploited Levi, and now that their ploy failed, and they don't need the prop any more, they're discarding him. If, god forbid, McCain/Palin had won, this poor guy would have been effectively forced into marrying Bristol. Now they could care less.

    April 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. alaska mommy

    I'm starting to think everyone in this saga. Bristol is the only one who is showing any sense. An impressive feat given who she has for a mother. I can't fault Levi though for feeling used. All I know is that Palin is one of the worst things that ever happened to this state.

    April 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. John P

    Palin's clan snobby? lol, that group of hillbillies? That is funny, snobby white trash...lol

    April 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. say what

    Can't blame the guy for not wanting Sarah as his mother-in-law.

    April 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Calis

    This entire circus is just sad.

    A teenager should not even remotely feel the need to go onto television and do interviews to defend himself.

    To be entirely honest, when I first heard about the incident, I chortled at the irony of it and hoped that maybe, just maybe, certain people would take a look at the issue honestly.

    Instead, people have just put on red and blue glasses and used these kids as weapons against their political adversaries. Problems aren't solved through politics; problems are STARTED and exacerbated by politics.

    Take a stand and do what's right, leave the kids alone on talk about the actual issue, you may be more of an adult for it.

    April 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. floridaborn

    I feel sorry for Bristol Palin. She has learned very publicly the lesson that most young girls that become sexually active at a young age has learned – teenage guys are only in it for the sex.

    April 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Charlie Williams

    The whole Palin family life story is just another trailer trash novel. The Alaska people must be really embarrassed to have her as their Governor.

    April 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Drew from Michigan

    Yes, I think Alaskans' are that stupid, look how many times they elected Ted Stevens.

    April 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. JM

    I lived in Alaska for years. She (Palin) is giving all of us a bad name. We are not all moose-hunting, salmon fishing, alcoholic morons. The Palin family maybe, but not all of us. She, her puppet husband, and her kids are a disgrace. THANK GOD this idiot and her Springer family did not wind up in the White House. She was the MOST UN-QUALIFIED candidate I've ever heard speak.

    April 8, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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