Sarah Palin Rips Levi Johnston for Selling His Body

10/28/2009 at 05:00 PM EDT

Sarah Palin Rips Levi Johnston for Selling His Body
Levi Johnston and Sarah Palin
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Talk about a dressing down.

Levi Johnston went on CBS's The Early Show on Wednesday to needle his favorite target, his baby mama's mama Sarah Palin, by claiming she referred to her infant son Trig, who has Down syndrome, as "retarded."

Without providing any details, Johnston, 19, also darkly suggested that Palin, the former Republican candidate for vice-president, has done a whole lot worse, saying he knows things that could get her "in trouble and could hurt her."

"I'm not gonna go that far," Johnston said in the first segment of a two-part interview. "You know, I mean, if I really wanted to hurt her, I could very easily. But there's – I'm not gonna do it."

This prompted a snarling reply from the former Alaska governor. "We have purposefully ignored the mean spirited, malicious and untrue attacks on our family," Palin says in a statement. "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."

Taking Johnston and CBS to task, Palin questions the credibility of somebody about to bare all for Playgirl.

"Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies," she says. "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."

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