According to People, former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin has lashed out against claims made by Levi Johnston, the 19-year-old father of her grandson. Johnston, who recently signed on for a nude pictorial in Playgirl, told CBS’ The Early Show that Palin used to call her son, Trig, “retarded.” (Trig has Down Syndrome). He also claimed to have more dirt on the former Alaska governor, saying “You know, I mean, if I really wanted to hurt her, I could very easily. But there’s – I’m not gonna do it.” In a statement, Palin refuted Johnston’s allegations, saying, “Trig is our ‘blessed little angel’ who knows it and is lovingly called that every day of his life.” She also warned the public against trusting Johnston, citing his upcoming  Playgirl spread. “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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