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In response, Sarah told the media Johnston's statements were "untrue, malicious, and appalling", emphasizing that she highly appreciated her children and commenting that Johnston's photoshoots were "attention-seeking and desperate".
In July 2010, a week prior to the announcement that he and Bristol were engaged a second time, Johnston issued a statement saying "I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true.
Fox News commentator Dick Morris remarked that Mc Cain's decision to welcome Johnston to the stage was a good move because it would help Mc Cain show "a nonjudgmental", tolerant attitude, while still sending the message that unwed teens who become pregnant should marry.
The Palin family denounced Johnston's statements as lies, with one public statement reading, "We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship." In August 2009, Johnston speculated that Sarah Palin's early resignation from office was due to long-standing marital difficulties, the pressures of the job, and lucrative book and other media offers.
In the HBO film Game Change (2012), Johnston is portrayed by actor Justin Gaston.
He has written a book based on his experiences with the Palins, titled Deer in the Headlights.
Following the announcement that she would be Senator John Mc Cain's running mate in the November, 2008 U. presidential election, Sarah Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was pregnant by Johnston, and that the two would be married.
Levi Keith Johnston (born May 3, 1990) is an American model and actor, best known as the twice-former fiancé of Bristol Palin and father of their son Tripp.
He first received media attention in August 2008 when U. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was five months pregnant with Johnston's baby and that the two were engaged.