Bristol Palin allegedly slammed ex-husband, a Medal of Honor recipient, as 'no hero'
By MARTHA ROSS | The East Bay Times | Published: September 7, 2018
(Tribune News Service) — It’s becoming clear that Bristol Palin and ex-husband Dakota Meyer are not practicing Gwyneth Paltrow’s “conscious uncoupling” model of an amicable divorce.
Instead Palin and Meyer, the parents of two young daughters who finalized their divorce last month, took to their Instagram stories Thursday to attack each other in an series of angry posts, the Daily Mail reported.
Notably, Meyer, 30, shared since-deleted screenshots of texts that Palin, a reality TV star who is currently filming the show “Teen Mom O.G.,” had allegedly exchanged with another man in which she bashed Meyer’s decorated Marine service in Afghanistan, according to the Daily Mail.
Meyer, who served in the Marines for four years, was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama in 2011 — three years before he met Bristol Palin, the oldest daughter of conservative politician Sarah Palin, who was the late John McCain’s presidential running mate in 2008.
In the exchange, Meyer said, Palin wrote that he is a “coward” and a “b—-” before suggesting he didn’t deserve his Medal of Honor, America’s highest and most prestigious military decoration, the Daily Mail said.
Meyer received the medal for an incident in September 2009, when the corporal killed eight Taliban insurgents and rescued 36 Marines and other troops despite being shot in both arms, the Christian Science Monitor reported. At age 23, the Kentucky native became the second-youngest living Medal of Honor recipient and the first living Marine in 38 years to be so honored.
“He’s no hero,” Palin wrote, according to Meyer, who said the exchange was with a man his ex-wife had never met in person. “He didn’t do that (expletive). He’s a b—–.”
The exchange must have happened when Palin was pregnant with one of their two daughters, either in 2015 or in 2017. That’s because the final text Palin reportedly sent to the man said: “I can’t believe I’m having his baby.”
If Palin was slamming her ex-husband’s military service and calling him “no hero,” that would seem out of keeping with her family’s once-publicized tradition of honoring the military.
But Palin’s disparagement of her ex-husband’s service is reminiscent of things Donald Trump said about McCain when he was running for president. Palin’s mother Sarah Palin endorsed Trump and campaigned for him during the 2016 election.
Trump infamously disparaged McCain for his war service shortly after he announced he was running for president in 2015. The late Arizona senator, a decorated U.S. Navy pilot, was captured while flying a mission in Vietnam and spent five years in a Hanoi prison, undergoing torture and solitary confinement. But Trump, who never served in the military, said McCain “was not a war hero” because he was captured.
Meyer apparently felt compelled to share his ex-wife’s negative opinions of him after she complained about him in a since-deleted Instagram story and accused him of holding family photos hostage, the Daily Mail reported.
“After nearly a month, and thousands of dollars on attorney fees, I was finally able to get my pictures back from my old house/ex-husband,” Palin wrote on Instagram, according to the Daily Mail. “If you’re facing a Goliath in your life, don’t back down.”
Palin then added the hashtag “#worthit.”
The 27-year-old Palin rocketed to the national stage soon after her mother was named McCain’s running mate. It was immediately revealed that the conservative Palin’s teen daughter was pregnant and unmarried. The father was Bristol’s boyfriend Levi Johnston. Their son, Tripp, was born in December 2008, and they subsequently broke up.
Palin, a 2010 celebrity contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” reportedly met Meyer in 2014, but things were never smooth sailing for the couple.
The two were first scheduled to marry in May 2015, but called off their wedding the week before the ceremony. One reason is that it was learned just before the wedding that Meyer had reportedly been married before and had hidden this information from Palin, People reported in 2015.
Their daughter Sailor Grace was born in December 2015, and Palin, who had a side gig as an abstinence education spokeswoman, admitted in interviews that the news of her pregnancy — again when she wasn’t married — had been “a huge disappointment” to her friends and family.
But Meyer and Palin reunited and married in June 2016, and they became parents to another daughter, Atlee Bay, in May 2017.
But even before their second daughter’s birth, the couple spoke about their marriage being a challenge, telling “Entertainment Tonight” in 2016: “Life is full of ups and downs but in the end, you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be. … Hard work and God’s grace are the foundation of our new life together. With the love and support of our family, we know we can get through anything.”
But the marriage was over by early 2018, with People reporting that Meyer had moved out of their home in Austin, Texas, over the Christmas holidays and TMZ saying the couple had filed for divorce in February.
In early January, Meyer posted a photo of himself with just his daughters, writing, “These girls are my everything.”
Palin revealed to the Daily Mail that she and Meyer had finalized their divorce last month. She’s now filming her latest reality TV gig, “Teen Mom O.G.” The Daily Mail reported that she’ll earn a reported $250,000 for appearing on the first season of the program.
Meanwhile, Meyer spoke with fans in an “ask me anything” session on Instagram story in early August, People reported. When a fan asked why they got divorced, since they seemed “so cute together,” Meyer replied, “She wasn’t happy with me so it’s for the best.”
When another fan asked Meyer for clarification on whether he and Palin were divorced, he said, “Happily divorced.”
He then offered advice for people ending a marriage: “Take it one day at a time and focus on you. Everything is just a moment in time. You can try everything and give the person all you have, and if they don’t choose to see good in you, it’s out of your control. Know when enough is enough.”