Levi Johnston retracts his statements about Sarah Palin

Levi Johnston has told People magazine:

Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry. Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true. I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize.

Well, how about that. Johnston was angry at a person, so he told lies—in this case rather obvious lies—about that person in order to damage her. It’s happened a million times before, it will happen a million times again. It’s a part of human nature, a sin to which many yield. Yet each time it happens, there are always people eager to believe that the lies are true, as was the case with Johnston’s lies.

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Roger G. writes:

Except maybe he was telling the truth (or some approximation thereof) then, and is lying now?

Parading this galoot and the girl out at the Republican convention. Why not just go the whole route - blackface, banjos, and a minstrel tune? Good grief.

Al H. writes:

In reference to Levi Johnston’s statement, did you happen to see the reply from Bristol Palin?

“Part of co-parenting is creating healthy and honest relationships between the parents. Tripp one day needs to know the truth and needs to know that even if a mistake is made the honorable thing to do is to own up to it.”

I made the mistake of commenting on Hot Air (under my moniker “lowandslow”) that a nineteen year old unwed mother shouldn’t be lecturing anyone on “healthy and honest relationships” or honor. You can guess the reaction. A hundred comments on what a fool, ass or worse I am for saying such a thing. The devotion these so called conservativepe have to Sarah Palin is becoming more scary every day.

Modern politics, I guess, has less to do with ideology and more about picking a favorite team. It might as well be a spectator sport.

Also, both Ed Morrissey and Mary Katharine Ham noted how classy the reply from Bristol Palin was in posts. Classy? What’s classy about 19 year olds airing their personal problems out in the press?

Mary writes:

I was glad to see you comment on Levi’s retraction and his apology to the Palins.

However, having Roger G.’s offensive and inappropriate comment right underneath really just insults Sarah all over again.Why is it such an offense that she had the nerve to bring her imperfect family out that night? I am sure it would have been much better for “everyone” had Bristol just aborted her child and left that redneck ‘Levi kid at home? I am deeply grateful she didn’t. [LA replies: First, I agree that Roger’s comment is a bit over the top with the minstrel show reference. On your second point, you’re setting up a false choice here. You’re saying that either Palin had to parade her pregnant daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend as a couple at the Republican National Convention, thus legitimizing non-marital sex and preganancy at the highest level of our national life and making it much more difficult for parents to tell their unmarried daughters not to have sex, OR Bristol had to have an abortion. You’re leaving out the obvious option of not having Levi at the Convention. For that matter, Bristol shouldn’t have been there either.]

I am really glad Levi apologized. I think it showed a bit of character and it bodes well for the man he may yet become. I am especially happy to hear that he and Bristol have possibly reconciled. He is young, dumb and he didn’t have the strength to resist the carrots the leftists tossed his way…. but he has now publicly apologized, and that really should earn Sarah an oh-so-precious insult-free post on the matter. [LA replies: I would add that Levi’s apology was somewhat weak. He suggested that he just exaggerated a little, he didn’t specify his lies that he was apologizing for, and he even called his organized campaign of lies a “youthful indiscretion.” It was way, way beyond a youthful indiscretion. Such a weak apology does not suggests mucyh character. Still, he did apologize and say he had told untruths out of anger, which is much better than no apology at all.]

Posted by Lawrence Auster at July 07, 2010 08:33 AM | Send

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