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. Enlightened Voter

    It's very obvious Palin used him to push the family 'values' theme and they dumped him after the election. The clueless pathological liar (palin) is also very cunning.

    April 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. MB

    First the issue with Palin and the state trooper and now with Levi. Sorry, but seems like she's establishing a pattern of smearing people and trying to destroy their lives. I have to give my vote to Levi on this one.

    Amazing how she was so supportive of them when they were together and suddenly, he's a villian. Not sure who Sarah is to cast judgment about anyone being out for fortune, fame, and publicity. Of course, if it's true the Johnstons weren't compensated for the interviews, I guess that would mean Palin is lying about at least the fortune part. I'm also guessing Levi didn't approach the media saying, "Hey!! Talk to me!! I'll give you some trash!!" So much for the seeking fame and publicity part as well. Sarah thinks everyone should be stifled that has anything negative to say about her. Karma is alive and well.

    April 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. James Joyce

    The left's continuing need to bash Palin is indicative of a deep seeded fear of what she stands for. Be careful. You may bring down upon yourselves that which you fear. If not Palin, then another voice may rise from the ashes.

    April 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. IheartAmerica

    just confirms that Palin was putting on a show, using Bristol and Levi as props during her campaign. the reality was ugly and sad for these two kids, but Palin brought them into the limelight and spun spun spun for her own gain. bad for everybody. thank god that fraud Palin is thousands of miles away from the White House.

    April 8, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Sarah

    Society needs to start behaving with the best interests of the CHILD. It is not in the interests of the child to have either parent bad mouthed, and all parents should conduct themselves with this in mind in a divorce or split up situation. For Palin to be publicly involved in the matter as a grandparent also is demeaning to the child. But Levi can speak up for his own family against demeaning statements, especially when those are spread by someone abusing their own notoriety and splashing it across the media.He just needs to do it in a way that states the facts but doesn't lower to the politically motivated disrepectful ways of Palin. Anyone who supports this kind of disfunction for future political positions denigrates our elected offices. While we all have individual opinions on issues and politics, at least choose candidates who are truly qualified and quality and ethical.

    April 8, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Charles

    Get off your high horses. The kid's defending himself. I'm sure any of you slagging him off would do the same if your name, or your family name, was dragged through the dirt by a rich liar.

    April 8, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Wendy

    Sarah will need a running mate in 2012....... Levi will be available.
    Maybe one of them could find Russia on a map, while the other is raising awareness about abstinence!

    April 8, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |

    Great job, Palin camp! Push him right out of his childs life. This will definitely not want him to come around the Palin family. How awkward would that be. Smart moves you idiots!

    April 8, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Mike S., New Orleans

    The important thing is that the word PALIN is in the news again today. I'm sure Sarah is happy about that.

    What kind of family values candidate won't let the father of her grandson see his own baby?

    April 8, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Jim D, IL

    And to think – 45% of American voted for this circus of dufus's to be Vice President. What a joke.

    April 8, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. jake

    i also fear for this poor kid...look how Palin abused her power in the state of Alaska after her sister's divorce. this woman is unkind in revenge.

    April 8, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. ebnv

    Susan - Palin is a train wreck as are the policies of my former party (republicans)–
    PALIN: "They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."
    "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God."

    It isn't so much to pick on the very human (and ignorant) person Palin - She is what she is - It IS that the Republican Party chose her to reepresent their values–

    April 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Callie

    Geez leave the poor boy alone.

    I bet pushy mommy was behind all of Bristol's problems and choices. You can tell that Bristol's mother has terrible control issues just by watching her, and she does come across as very, very snobby.

    I wouldn't want my child to marry into that family. I am glad Levi got away from that nest of vipers!!!

    How much do you want to bet that next Sarah will be keeping this boy from his own child, and trying to turn that child against him.

    Sarah Palin is what all really smart sucessful women fear. She is woman playing dress up and just posing for the sake of self status and odds are that she has raised her daughter to be just the same.
    In most cases the branch does not fall far from the tree.

    April 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. rich

    First, he should be more concerned and worried about his child and not what people think. His priority is his baby and that the child not know of any tension in the parents relationship. I think so much is wrong with this totally. I think again, this shows the immaturity of the father. Grow up ... Be a man.... accept your responsibility. Again, another person not accepting their own responsibility and accountability. Blame it on others.

    April 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. talmag

    This whole situation is sad....mostly for the child. S. Palin spoke so much of her religion and how it influenced her life but she is not practicing what she preached. Surprise...surprise! She should let the guy see his child. If things didn't work out between her daughter and him, he is still his child. If she doesn't, she is a phoney and it was apparent from the start. The moment they lost and even before...she started to criticize her people. She never got the message that she was second on the ticket. Some how she thought more of herself than the rest of the world. Mc Cain is a gentleman and has not condemned her but he will not openly support her. He always says "he has to wait and see who is running." That is not an endorsement in any mannner or way. He was a fool to select her and he now knows it. I can't wait to see how she blames everyone else in her book for the loss but herself.

    April 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Republican Turned Democrat

    Palin clearly used this man (and her own daughter) for her campaign. After losing, she just trashed him. Palin clearly shows how hypocrite and insincere she really is. Definitely, we don't need someone like Palin in the White House!!!

    April 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. NK?

    This is not a surprise. Many said from the beginning this kid was dressed up for a pretend showcase. Sarah is dangerous and vindictive. Remember when Sarah and her husband tormented her ex brother in-Law? People laughed at the SNL skits and even said she would make it better on “All my children”, or even the Jerry Springer show. Well guess what! How True it was. This lady or her family wasn’t really to be part of the White House. I would say Reality TV is her best bet now! How McCain could have promoted her for Vice President of the United States is totally mystifying

    Now Sarah who is the blame media, bloggers, staff, John McCain and all for taking you serious. You never should have responded – you are acting worst than the teenagers! Oh I forgot you are just a 45 year old living in a 16 year's mind! Stay off the national scene drama queen!

    April 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Dave in DC

    I syggest hes just trying to make some money. The guys just another two bit punk whose looking for his 15 minutes of fame. They ought to ignore him.

    April 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Veteran in Kansas

    Double standards for Palin, canidate Palin with a daughter and a muffin in the oven , needed Levi for the daughter. Campaign over, don't need the scum bag, goodbye.

    April 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. joeshmoe

    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.

    April 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. william

    Having been raised (unfairly) around white trash and spending my entire adult life trying to escape it, I have enough life experience to declare that BOTH of these families are, indeed, white trash. However, I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying be able to watch this saga unfold. I can't wait until Sarah Palin is exposed for what she truly is.

    April 8, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. S Callahan

    This is just heartbreaking that adults are arguning and disputing a young, teen. Let these children be.....Palin shows how low colors in keeping this in the media..shame

    April 8, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Brady

    To be honest, does any of this really have to do with politics today? The election ended five months ago, so why are we still talking about Sarah Palin's daughter's baby and her ex-fiance?

    April 8, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. AJA

    Coincidence he gets dismissed as the campaign, and his usefulness a tool, ends??

    April 8, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. straw

    While I don't think Levi handled the situation well by going on national TV, we have to remember he's just a kid. Palin, on the other hand, arguing with a teen-ager? Puh-leez....

    April 8, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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