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. Nick

    The lengths many of these news outlets are going to in attempt to villify Sarah Palin is amazing. This isn't news. She's not the vice president, so why even bother? Oh poor Levi... you are such a victim of this cruel, heartless family. *Sob*

    April 8, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Yetty for Obama 08!

    Sarah Palin should never be allowed anywhere near the white house. Oh my God, what rubbish, can you imagine if this was Obama's family, imagine all the racial inotation "maury povich " baby daddy drama the GOP would spout!

    April 8, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    This kid is getting enough money from the left to last him a lifetime. I'm glad that lib hate is doing something productive, securing the future of this kid and his family.

    All fair-minded people should observe how the libs attack anyone and everyone who would dare to question their lies and speak the truth about them. No American citizen should be put through what people like Joe the plumber was put through for simply asking the Messiah a question. Just imagine what Obama and his lib thugs would do if they got a second term. That might just be our last election and American citizens on the right might end up in camps. The way they have been acting, you really can't put any of this past them.

    April 8, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. USMC - Mike

    Palin probably missed Levi sneaking in and out of the house while she was busying "seeing" Russia from her back porch ...

    April 8, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. pen15

    Levi would be better off keeping his mouth shut and not giving interviews with the media. He has a child to raise and he seems more concerned about trash-talking his son's maternal family just to stretch his 15 minutes of fame. Also, his sister sounds like a real winner, too.

    April 8, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. KLK

    This is a sad situation all around. Nobody wins if this continues.

    April 8, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. J

    Alaska...can you PLEASE do the rest of us a favor and stop voting for this awful woman? Don't re-elect her if she runs for Governor again...don't send her to the House or the Senate. Kick her to the curb and stop rewarding her for being a smug, self-righteous, controlling, ignorant, intolerant moron.

    April 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Ken

    Isn't it appalling that this is supposedly "the best" the GOP has to offer? (After all, the GOP selected her as the VP candidate– if elected, the second most powerful position in our country.) All Palin can offer now is more of her trailer-trash life: a war-of-words with the redneck teenager that knocked-up her daughter on HER WATCH!

    I used to have some respect for McCain, but his decision to put this absurd neo-monkey on his ticket was just pathetic...a bow to the intellectually bankrupt, rightwing underbelly of this nation. He sold his soul, and made an obviously WRONG decision in doing so. It is so clear now that he would have made a terrible president.

    April 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. candian pov

    Sarah Palin needs a lesson in grace. Fighting a mere boy in the tabloids says more about her than it does about him.

    April 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. GET REAL.

    Next up on Jerry Springer: Ex-presidents and the interns that loved them... and stick around folks, because we'll have a talk with a vice president runner-up who secretly covets her daughter's baby-daddy... and she's throwing him under the bus for shunning her advances!!

    April 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. JJ

    I feel sorry for Levi. I sense he knows who he is. On the other hand, the Palins are "snobby" only in their "trashy" world.

    April 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. GM from MN

    "Palin family spokesman Meghan Stapleton said Johnston and his family are on a "quest for fame, attention, and fortune."


    Thats funny........I thought it was the other way around.

    She tried pushing McCain out of the way so she would be in the spotlight.

    April 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. No more GOP

    What's important to remember is that Palin's word counts for nothing. She's an evil, sinister woman, whose brood is bent on world domination through the use of the church.

    hahahaah, that made me laugh

    April 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. the dude

    Would you want Sarah Palin for your mother-in-law?

    April 8, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The truth is Palin is being gussied up (lipstick on a pig) for national politics and cannot afford the non-marriage between the dopey daughter and Levi. So he's been cut free and trashed to further Palin's cleansing.

    Unfortunately, Palin is still a boob with no experience relevant to national office and continues to play the "victim" in all events. For a woman who cannot speak proper English, Palin's new facade only showcases her stupidity, dishonesty, and lack of class.

    Back to the trailer on the tundra for Palin!

    April 8, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Roland

    Oh those poor people they have such a rough life. I guess when you can see Russia from your back yard it must take it's toll on your mental stability after awhile. As long as they don't show up on the Jerry Springer show I'm ok with this. Sarah, Sarah, Sarah when will you ever learn ! The American People are jobless and on the welfare dime and this is what we are talking about as a nation in trouble ! Wakeup People.

    April 8, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Teenage Moderate from WI

    Why won't this kid just shut his mouth? Why does anyone in America care about his story? Why should I care about his story any more than the 19 year old down the hall from me?

    Seriously, in my opinion, I think this kid thinks too highly of himself. I am by NO means a Palin supporter, but Levi needs to shut up!

    April 8, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |

    Do the Palin's believe that their actions are those of Christians? Because of Sarah Palin's presidential asperations she and her family will step of anyone to get there. Just remember, Sarah, as a self proclaimed Christian, you reap what you sow.

    April 8, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. markus

    i believe these kids...and what's the big deal about him speaking out? Alot got said about him and his family, and now that he's no longer under the PALIN thumb, I think it's only fair he let the TRUTH be known, instead of those Palins weaving the tale for him...

    April 8, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Josh Snoack

    The Palins are showing their true colors. They do look like big snobs.

    April 8, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Ron

    The pit bull-hockey mom in lipstick is on the prowl. This kid and his family are half way under the bus-snowmobile. It will be interesting to see what part he plays in the life of the child. Another sad story!

    April 8, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. caveman

    if she keep mishandling her private life this way the people of Alaska will say enough of this and do away with her just as she has to Levi. its called Karma. maybe her spokesperson should let her know that instead of punishing the rest of the World with her drama.. she just seems so immature/insecure to me..

    April 8, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Robin

    He is a punk.

    Girls get pregnant, people break up. You do not go on National T.V and trash your child's mother. He is reaching for something, I'm not sure what. Sarah Palin, (who I like) should not respond to this young man's statements. He IS White Trash.

    Levi, sit down and be quiet. Go to school or join the military and support your son.

    April 8, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. ANGIE

    Let the johnston-palin feud begin. old sarah is getting her just deserts for all the lies she tells everytime she opens her mouth. I feel sorry for this kid. But he was playing an adult game and got caught. So the best thing for him to do is go back to school and get an education (he'll probably sound more educated than his almost mother-in-law) and raise he son.

    April 8, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. ng in dc

    Good for Levi - tell your side of the story man. The country needs to really hear from a Palin insider how much of an opportunist your crazy Governor ...and grandmama of your kid ...is ....warning to Levi...watch your back man ...but keep on trucking...

    April 8, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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