Levi Johnston repeated on CBS' "The Early Show" on Wednesday his assertion that Sarah Palin called her son Trig "retarded," prompting a firm rebuke from the former Alaska governor.Sarah Palin responded to Levi's loose lips Wednesday afternoon, issuing the following statement through her personal spokesperson Meg Stapleton:
Mr. Johnston initially claimed in a Vanity Fair tell-all that Mrs. Palin had called her son, who has Down syndrome, "retarded," about which he reminded "The Early Show" co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez.
"I think the biggest hit we’ve had on, like, the Vanity Fair, you know, people really look on, is when she called her kid retarded," he said. "I mean, I've got a lot of people talking about that."
"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. Trig is our 'blessed little angel' who knows it and is lovingly called that every day of his life. Even the thought that anyone would refer to Trig by any disparaging name is sickening and sad. 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."The former governor's reference to "those who would sell their body for money" clearly refers to Levi's deal to pose nude for Playgirl magazine. But Johnston told the "Early Show" that his photo spread would be done "tastefully," so that makes it okay, right? Anyway, that's what he can tell his son in a dozen years or so after the boy gets teased and bullied at school because his dad posed in the buff for a magazine read mostly by gay males. Rather, that's what he can tell his son if the Palins ever let him get near their grandson again.
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