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Levi Johnston continues his “I once knew Sarah Palin, let me tell you all about it” media tour. Levi doesn’t have anything else of interest to offer the public – well, apart from a view of his goods – so he’s profiting off the one thing he can for as long as he’s able. But being that Johnston is only 19 and neither mature nor bright, he’s coming up with some ridiculous things to say about Sarah Palin in order to get publicity. Mind you, I am no fan or support of Palin. But I can’t believe much of anything Levi says after he claims Palin called her baby son Trig – who has Down’s Syndrome – “retarded.”
Levi Johnston appeared on CBS’ Early Show Wednesday, where he explained his reasons for spilling unflattering information about the Palin family and said he was keeping some “huge” secrets. Among other things, Johnston said Palin joked about her son Trig’s Down Syndrome, calling him her “retarded baby.”
“I was just in shock the first time I heard it,” he said, when host Maggie Rodriguez expressed disbelief. He also said Bristol took care of the baby much more than her mother: “Sarah was never home.” Johnston also said that Todd and Sarah would fight in front of their kids.
He said he was going public because the Palins betrayed him and backstabbed him: “I really don’t care anymore … Now it’s my turn … I told a little bit of stuff, and you know, I’m just not going to take it anymore.”… “If she’s going to go out there and say things to me, about me, I’m going to leak some things on her. I mean that’s just how it is,” he said. He added, however, that there are some things he won’t say that would really hurt Palin. “I’m not gonna go that far,” he said.
The Washington Post offers more of the CBS interview:
When asked whether he resents Palin, Johnston says, “Well now I’ve heard all the things she’s said. You know, the Sarah Palin I knew before, it was — it was her putting on a front, it was her being fake to me and now that everything’s slowly coming out and I’m hearing more things, you know, and things she’s said and done, you know, I see the real Palin,” Levi responds, before stepping through the looking glass.
[From the Huffington Post]
Here’s why I don’t believe the “retarded” comment: it’s an insult teenagers – and particularly teenage boys – use. It is not something most adult women would use, particularly not an educated one in her forties. I don’t even believe it’s something she said that was taken out of context or that Johnston misheard. It seems like exactly the sort of thing an unsophisticated nineteen year old would say. Like I said, I’m not Sarah Palin’s fan, but no part of me believes that comment is true, especially given what a desperate famewh*re Levi Johnston is. It terms of the fighting in front of the kids, who knows? And Bristol, being their oldest daughter, would be the most likely kid given babysitting duty. It clearly didn’t turn her off to the idea of having children.
Sarah Palin did respond, and her comments are priceless.
Palin how now issued a statement responding to Levi’s remarks. “We have purposefully ignored the mean spirited, malicious and untrue attacks on our family. We, like many, are appalled at the inflammatory statements being made or implied.” Palin also went after CBS and Levi’s intentions to strip for Playgirl: “CBS should be ashamed for continually providing a forum to propagate lies. Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies — those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention.”
[From the Huffington Post]
Did Sarah Palin just call Levi Johnston a prostitute? I think she just called him a prostitute! I never thought I’d agree with a word this woman said, but I love it. Celebitchy pointed out that this is all very interesting timing, considering Palin’s book is due to come out next month, around the same time as Johnston shows his johnson in Playgirl. I love how obvious and uncouth he is in his attempts to grab some of the fame from Palin. Next he’s going to claim she tried to seduce him. I can’t wait.