Mercede Johnston, Tripp Palin's aunt and sister of Levi, on the mysteries that remain about the provenance of Trig Palin:

I’ll admit that there have been many times when I have had my doubts. It is simply a fact that I just cannot fathom someone being evil and narcissistic enough to fake a pregnancy. Plus I was around during that time, and heard first hand Bristol saying that they thought their mom was pregnant, which she at first denied, and then admitted. And after seeing Bristol so furious with her mom for hiding it, well that led me to believe that it was legit. But yes I still do have my doubts, and if I were Sarah I would just release some proof to end all of this speculation. If it were me that would seem like a no-brainer.

Me too. The editor of the Anchorage Daily News tried to get the Palins to offer proof to put the resilient myth to rest in December 2008:

I want to be very clear on this: I have from the beginning and do now consider the conspiracy theories about Trig's birth to be nutty nonsense. If that's true, then why has Lisa Demer been asking questions about Trig's birth?... It strikes me that if there is never a clear, contemporaneous public record of what transpired with Trig's birth that may actually ensure that the conspiracy theory never dies. Time will tell.

You can read Dougherty's email exchange with Palin in full here. More Mercede comments here.

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