Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Levi Johnston: "My Family is Not White Trash"

When news and information about Levi Johnston's appearance on the Tyra Banks Show became public, Sarah Palin and her family struck back, calling his comments lies and stating that the Johnston's were looking to "cash in" on the Palin connection. Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez sat down with Levi Johnston Tuesday night, and they discussed the events.

Johnston, as you probably know, is the father of Bristol Palin's son, Tripp, and Bristol is the daughter of former VP-candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Also appearing with Levi Johnston were his sister Mercede, and his mother.

Johnston said:
"We're not cashing in on their name, you know. I'm just trying to get my side of the story out there and letting people know who I am."
When asked what the biggest misconception about him is, Johnston said,
"Probably that my family's white trash."
Asked about Tripp, Johnston said:
"Tripp's everything to me. He's my little boy. I don't know what I'd do without him. When I hold him, it's an amazing feeling. I just shake, you know?"
Asked about Tripp possibly being a mistake?
"Not at all. No. I wouldn't call any baby a mistake. I mean, I love him more than anything. I wouldn't trade him for the world."
However, since the split Johnson continues to say, he isn't allowed to have private time with Tripp, even though he says he once lived in Sarah Palin's house, which her camp denies.
Johnston: "They said I didn't live there. 'I stayed there.' I was like, 'OK, whatever you want to call it' -- I had all my stuff there. So, if you wanna call it 'staying there,' that's fine."

Rodriguez: "You had all your things there -- toothbrush, pajamas -- stayed there every night?"

Johnston: "For awhile, yeah. So..."

Rodriguez: "So, they're lying."

Johnston: "Yeah."

Mercede Johnston (Levi's sister): "He was living there. I hadn't seen him for two months. He lived there. They can't say, 'Oh, no, he just stayed.' That's an absolute lie."

Rodriguez: "What was Sarah Palin like when times were good, with you?"

Johnston: "She was great. She treated me like a mom. I would look at her like a second mom. I think she'd do anything for me, at the time. And now, I don't know."

Rodriguez: "So times are good and she gets the call to be the Vice-Presidential nominee. At that point did things change?"

Johnston: "I think it was all when she lost, that's when it started happening. When she got back, I think that's when it went downhill."

"I can go over there whenever I want and see my baby, but, nine-times-out-of-ten, I'm not allowed to take him, and it's not as comfortable, they don't think of me the same way anymore."

Rodriguez:
"You ever feel like they think you're not good enough for her?"

Johnston: "Yeah, probably."

Rodriguez: "Did you ever get that impression that they were snobby, in that way?"

Mercede Johnston:
"Snobby, yeah. I mean, look what they're doing. They're lying, trying to save themselves when they're the ones that asked for it. They brought him to the campaign. They should have known what was coming. They can't turn around and try and take it back now."
Watch the full video report, as broadcast on CBS Tuesday Night.

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