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. S Callahan

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

    April 8, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Kitty

    Levi has a LOT of growing up to do!!! First of all you do not bash the girl you "knocked up"!!! How many other girls have you knocked up that we are not aware of. And Bristol has never treated you this way in her interviews – YOU ARE A JERK!!! And I do not believe for a minute that Gov. Palin let you move in with them. They may have let you spend a night or two when your baby was born and that is a kind thing for the Palin's to have done. But I do not believe they put your name on any of their rooms in their home!!!

    Gov. Palin is a very respectful individual and this mess with her daughter could happen of any of us!! We do not watch our kids 24/7. So BACK OF THE PALINS!!!! LOOK AT YOUR OWN LIFE!!!

    April 8, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. jed

    first she drags her pregnant child and her 17 year old boyfriend into the campaign and uses them for her own advancement and then screams when the kid refuses to play along anymore and tell what I am sure in his mind is the truth..I have no pity for sara palin just for her poor kids that have this self promoting piece of white trash as a mother. Maybe she can worry less about Levi and more about her sister in law..you know the one just arrested for robbery!

    April 8, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Willyd

    Is it any wonder that television Soap Operas are being cancelled when the continuing saga of the likes of the Palin family still passes for news.

    April 8, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Lori

    And the Republicans wanted THIS family in the White House??? Not only does Sarah Palin have NO experience but she is also a hypocrite. She lied to the American people by pretending that Levi and her daughter were actually a stable couple who were going to get married just so that she could get votes. Now she's discarded him because she has no purpose for him anymore. Republicans try and spin this one!

    April 8, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Robin


    If he wants to see his son, there is something called a court system that will set up visitation and fair child support.

    He is a white trash loser who is being paid for this.

    April 8, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Bret

    Poor Levi, he just doesn't understand that he was nothing more than a GOP campaign prop. Maybe he can get a little advice from Joe the Plumber, and even Sarah herself. For the sake of all of us, can someone get these people a new watch so they know their 15 minutes are up.

    April 8, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Wendy

    This is exactly why teenagers should not have babies and funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs are essential.

    April 8, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. MIKE

    The kid needs to grow up first before spouting off...go get your GED and move on How much did he get for his interview and who are his parents??? Have not heard much about them...

    April 8, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Cindy Ferraro

    The only thing I think of is the people who support Sarah Palin. What is it going to take for you to see what she is? This country needs intellect to change the corruption and waste. Send Palin packing back to Wasilla where she can manage a few thousand people who want to be led by the nose. Speak up Levi Johnson as you can help the US see who she is. Cindy in Philadelphia

    April 8, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. mike

    get your 15 minutes of fame.. Kid here is some free advice to you.... you dont play politics with politicians.

    April 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Jerry, Jerry, Jerry

    These 2 families need to duke it out on Jerry Springer, but it's just too bad the show doesn't exist anymore.

    Palin can forget about running for President with this drama.

    April 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. b nice

    Sarah support, Yes the Palin family deserves to be dissed. They sholved out more dirt than they could handle so its fair game. I was no way a Sarah supporter nor a supporter of the Republican party. She needs to act like a lady and stop blaming the media, MY PRESIDENT, Washington, Obama Administration, Levi, The gop,Democrats, and Katic Couric for your downfall. Now I see why that Sarah Palin lady wasn't qualified to become VP.

    April 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Tom in Delaware

    The best part about the MSM's effort to try and destroy Sarah Palin is that is about as effective as those clowns Begala and Carville to ruin Rush.

    Get it out while you can.

    The Tea Party's next stop after April 15th is outside the offices of you guys....we'll see if you can pretend THAT"s not happening.

    April 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. George Whitstone

    Johnston, just shut up about it! You fathered an illegitimate child, and you have to suffer the consequences. If you had married the mother, you would have rights; now you have no rights to the child unless the mother gives them to you. Do your son a favor and stay out of his life.

    April 8, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. carol

    Palin dragged everybody into this and then turned her back. She used it for attention and, as usual, is throwing yet another person under the bus. She has no reason to be a snob – she is unqualified, unethical, and immature.

    April 8, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Todd

    What is being said isn't really that important. What is important is how Sarah Palin is managing the situation. Why? Because it reflects her maturity and political skill, and gives us incite how she would manage similar criticism while in higher office.

    To date, she has demonstrated an inability to resist baiting, and an inability to prioritize important matters from petty distractions.

    Who cares what a teenage boy says about your morality and ethics? Your word and deeds should stand by themselves. Focus on the important tasks at hand.

    April 8, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. NK?

    What nerve she claims that he is trying to exploit their family to gain attention. Say it isn’t so! Heck, this lady is a truly damaged goods with a huge EGO! How many interviews she gave after the elections and I still could not understand the gibberish!

    She used the Kids period. I guess it’s our President, bloggers, and the media fault again that she has drama and she is dumb. LoL – Jerry Springer can you please reach out to this nut case! Please so we can stop hearing about her being considered for POTUS. Please!
    LoL! LMAO.... Levi get away from this crazy family!

    April 8, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. mike

    Abd Sara is NOT on a quest for fame and fortunte?? Give me a break!!

    April 8, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. cool onlooker

    Go Levi! Speak up and drown the real liar!

    April 8, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  21. chef dugan

    Can't we just put Sarah Palin down as a serious mistake by the McCain campaign, one of many, and move on? She's as dumb as a cucumber, has no class and if the Republicans want to embrace her in future elections they deserve what they get.

    April 8, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. js

    This is an obvious reason why these two weren't ready to be parents.
    I don't think that they have the child's best interests at heart when airing their dirty laundry in public

    April 8, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. MsC

    Small matter in a time that requires higher standards and thought. However, I support any focus that brings to light the hypocrisy of Palin. The family brought the kid into the campaign now must deal with the ramifications of the inevitable split of two under aged parents trying to support a child emotionally, all while being used in the public forum. For the Republicans must focus on building the intellectually honest policy of the party and bury the regressive, false morality, brought by Palin in order to re-invent the party and recover from the Bush years. Bottom line, we need a strong Republican party to achieve balance, but if Palin is the top GOP candidate in 2012 the it is a good indication the party is still spinning their wheels.

    April 8, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. annick

    How Sad !!! The Palin/ Johnston saga turning into a Jerry Springer show. Nothing better than defeat to lay things uncovered

    April 8, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Chris

    While I think it is disrespectful to name-call one side of your child's family, it is understandable that Levi had to do these interviews. He is facing resistance from the most powerful person in his state and knows that he cannot rely on the courts to be objective. It is his responsibility to shine a light on his predicament so that he has a snowball's chance of being involved in his child's life. Otherwise, Sarah will see to it that she has another cute campaign prop for 2012. But next time, Levi, keep your sis and other family members out of the interviews–they don't help.

    April 8, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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