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. Norom

    The Wasilla Hillbillies

    I see a new reality show in the making.

    April 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Ditto

    Both families are white trash.

    April 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. ben

    Why are you guys so afraid of Palin? The election is over. Are you afraid of the next election?

    April 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Amanda Carr

    dont know why anyone cares about this, my inlaws are much more interesting

    April 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Rob R

    Enough with the "white trash" comments...they are indicative of veiled racism...if you're not respectable white people then you must be like that other "trash"....stop the labeling...it demeans us all.

    April 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Tara

    Can we please stop already.. What is going to happen when this child is able to read.. He can read all about Mommy and Daddy and Grandma all fighting over who is or isnt white trash...

    Seriously the election was over months ago can we move on and worry about other things of more importance.. for instance our economy, the value of a dollar today and what it will be next year or in 10 years, rising cost of college, student loans, the increase number of children who are homeless because their parents couldnot afford their house.. I can count houndreds of things that we should all care about more than the Palins!

    April 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Hannah

    Why is he making the TV circuit.? No one did anything to him. He and Bristol broke up so why does he feel the need to air all of this? No one feels much sympathy for him. He goes on sleazy shows and tries to excuse his behavior. He had unprotected sex, he "thinks" the mother knew about it all but isn't sure. He is only trying to make himself look like the victim here. Bristol now has a child to raise on her own.

    Sarah is NOT responsible for a 17/18 year old that decided to sleep with her boyfriend. No matter what you teach kids, they eventually do something you advised them against. Leave the Palins alone. This kid needs to get a job, go to college, get off the talk shows and grow up.

    April 8, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Michael - USAF Veteran

    A World Recession, The President Traveling abroad, Congress spending, UN doing nothing to North Korea's weapons programs, What exactly does this report have to do with American Politics??????????

    April 8, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Les Shulman from Churintzio, Mexico

    Ho Hum!

    April 8, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Peachy Keen

    levi, get yourself an attorney, get your visitation rights established and be happy you no longer need to put up with this ignorant family called the Palins.

    April 8, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Wes B.

    Everything with which Sarah Palin is associated turns into an absolute TRAIN WRECK!!

    Maybe that's why I read every story about her. ...And also why electing her to ANY office is a terrible thing.

    April 8, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Cam, Atlanta

    Did Palin & Bristol, get Trips's permission to give an "exclusive" interview to Greta Van Sustern, last month, while exposing the baby? Talk about double-standards.

    April 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Kathy

    And THIS is the reason why Palin should have NEVER agreed to run for VP. She has basically put Bristol and Levi's reputation in the national spotlight.

    April 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. OK! Anyone Surprise

    All of those children should have been in school in the first place. But no the Pit Bull with Lipstick decided she wanted to use her family has props.

    **shaking head**! I said, give them enough rope and all of them will hang themselves one by one. Sure enough...one by one they are disappearing. All the lies haven't been told yet! However, I do believe this stuff needs to be part of the Jerry Springer show at best. What a family – LoL! They were together anyway, but people wanted to believe it...and out of curosity they showed up to see her....... Now she has a EGO that will not go away.

    April 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    I wonder if this will hurt Levi's chances of becoming an Alaska State Trooper!

    April 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. joanne

    Who would you believe? A kid that wanted to be hunting instead of the RNC convention or the headliner at the RNC? Most normal Alaskans aren't looking for attention and as an Alaskan I feel sorry for this kid and his family being used by alot of people, but mostly being used by Palin because she doesn't take care of her family first.

    April 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. A little sad

    joeshmoe April 8th, 2009 11:21 am ET

    The left did nothing but mock and ridicule this kid. Now that he has a grudge regarding a family issue, he's a useful idiot and a hero for the same Palin hating crowd.


    Nope, they mocked what came out of Sarah Palin's mouth and camp about this kid.

    Her words were very much a valid issue in the campaign, as are any other candidates'. Unfortunately, Palin decided to use her kids and Levi, and the baby.

    You really can't ignore what the candidate is saying just because it was inappropriate – that foretells how she would have been while in office.

    That's pretty much the point of a campaign. And a great deal of the reason why she lost.

    April 8, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Uncle Jimbo

    GOP & Palin Family Values –
    Let a teenager live with your teenage daughter in your house –
    have a child out of wedlock. – I suppose it is all Gods will.

    Does eather Bristol or Levi have a job ?
    Or is it more Alaskan welfare, and now child support.
    On the tax payer dole hey ?

    Good ole GOP morality

    April 8, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Wynter

    Typical Republican tactic these days. If they don't like something they burn it to the ground. Its a shame what these people do in the name of their own political agenda.

    Average people just speaking the truth get thrown under the bus... disgusting.

    April 8, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. WDS

    I'm surprise she didn't blame the media, The President and bloggers for the drama! What a good model family to have in the White House - LoL

    April 8, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. jim-in-PA

    Let the kid see his kid...

    At least he WANTS to see his kid, which is a lot more than other teenage parents do...

    April 8, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. slipthalo

    She only paraded him out in the public, said he was a fine young man and promoted the concept they were going to get married because she needed a cover story to put a positive spin on the daughter's pregnancy story.
    Once the election was over and she no longer needed a cover story for her daughter, then she changed her attitude and they dumped him – he was no longer needed.
    Also didn't help when his mom was arrested but then her step sister in law has been arrested too – wonder if she'll throw the first dude under the bridge since his family is a detriment now too?
    Typical SP – use until no longer needed.

    April 8, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. California Gold

    What is dismaying is the way all adults are behaving and the war of words back and forth. These "adults" seem to have forgotten there is a baby in the middle of their range war and one day he may look back at how Granny Sarah went on the attack against his Daddy. Frankly until these "adults" can learn to control their actions, it would seem they have absolutely no business raising an impressionable child. Brickbats to all of them.

    April 8, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Judy in El Paso, Texas

    I am so sick of reading about the Palins. Govenor Palin needs to stay out of the limelight and stick to what she knows. (which is not much)

    April 8, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Ruth

    How do we know there isn't some agreement between the Palins and the Johnstons to drag this faux feud out until 2012, it would keep Sarah a household name and in the spotlight. Stop paying attention and they will all disappear. Do you all really believe either side?

    April 8, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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