Donald Trump steals Ron DeSantis’ balls giveaway
Is Ron DeSantis poised to upstage Donald Trump?

Promotional gimmicks continue to overlap.

The ongoing trend of the campaign messaging arms of Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis ripping each other off continued Sunday.

The Trump team offered a golf ball giveaway Sunday. Promoting the “brand new Trump golf balls” was not by the 45th President of the United States, but by his namesake son.


“This one-of-a-kind, collectors’ item is already FLYING off our shelves. However, President Trump and I want to make sure they go to someone who is a TRUE Trump patriot, like YOU,” Trump urged. “We have NEVER released Trump-edition Golf balls, and we may never do it again. Once they’re sold out, they’re gone for GOOD.”

The email contends that the former President was involved with the golf ball design itself.

Grab them while they’re hot.

DeSantis debuted his golf balls last fall, in a box emblazoned with the slogan “Florida’s Governor has a pair.” That meant, of course, there were two golf balls in each box.

Those balls dropped as the Legislature made a decisive drive toward passing legislation DeSantis called for to fortify Florida against federal vaccine mandates.

“Standing firm and setting an example for the rest of the nation in defending freedom as it comes under assault has become par for the course with Gov. DeSantis,” read an email promoting the items on his campaign merchandise store.

Trump may have intercepted DeSantis’ ball promotion, but the intellectual purloining cuts both ways, as DeSantis was guilty previously of jacking a Trump trademark.

DeSantis’ campaign promoted in late April a Freedom Team Membership Card featuring a picture of the Governor in RayBan Aviator sunglasses, gracing a message that reads “Florida First Fighter.”

The Trump Political Action Committee essentially pioneered the gold card gimmick weeks earlier. An April 5 email from the group painted a picture of a deliberative former President mulling design options for his 2022 Gold Card. That set up a series of emails promoting the impending card.

Though the DeSantis campaign may have been inspired by Trump’s Gold Card, the  graphic design work leans more toward AmEx than Ex-Prez, bearing a striking resemblance to the original card designed by mid-1960s marketing wizards.


Florida Politics’ Anne Geggis contributed reporting.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • ScienceBLVR

    June 6, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Trump steals DeSantis’s balls? Who can resist commenting on a headline like that? Of course, as everyone knows, bullies have no balls.. they only pretend to, to make up for a lack of common decency or humanity. Both Don and Ron have no qualms about bullying, women, LGBTQ, minorities, high school kids, the disabled, collage professors, teachers and anyone who isn’t afraid of them. They can hock golf balls all day long- doesn’t make up for the fact neither has any. Maybe they should try teaching a class- now that takes balls today.

    • Mary

      June 6, 2022 at 9:57 am

      I hope you don’t live in Florida because you don’t deserve all that they have done for this state

      • Lee Roller

        June 6, 2022 at 12:14 pm

        You mean “to”.

        All they have done “to” this state.

        And I do live here.

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      • Jim Ybor

        June 7, 2022 at 2:03 pm

        I’ve lived in Tampa FL all my life. Ron desantis is the most immoral governor Florida has ever had. He is everything wrong with politics in the US.
        He has killed thousands of Floridans. He has done nothing to address the skilled nursing home crisis in Florida that republicans caused.

    • Alex Gomez

      June 6, 2022 at 8:01 pm

      that’s now how you spell believer, go back to your country


        June 7, 2022 at 1:41 pm

        And that’s not how you spell, “not”, dumbass.

        For someone with a name like yours to tell someone else to get back to their own country is pretty rich, but, I guess all GOP cultists are dumb af, so I can’t expect much more, loser.

  • Frankie M.

    June 6, 2022 at 9:47 am

    You don’t touch another man’s balls without asking first!

  • Closet door

    June 6, 2022 at 10:22 am

    They hate gays but love each other’s balls.

    • Jane

      June 6, 2022 at 11:58 am

      Best comment on here!!

  • Christine Whiteleather

    June 6, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Ron Deathsantis has done nothing for Florida but bring it from 1963 to 1964. Big deal as it’s 2022 and he’s not even up to date. Florida is a state way behind the times. Deathsantis only cares for the over 65 white vote. No one gay, no one of color, no LGBTQ, no atheists,no disabled…the list goes on.
    We are voters, we are watching and will vote no matter how hard it is going to be to vote we will succeed. Vote Democratic

  • Richard Dame

    June 6, 2022 at 10:50 am

    They are both egotistical, lying, conniving, fascist bullies. These two have destroyed the GOP as far as I’m concerned

    • Japes

      June 6, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      At least they are realistic and are representing themselves with some of the smallest balls out there. Personally, I think they could have even gone smaller and used marbles,

  • Russell Harris

    June 6, 2022 at 11:44 am

    It’s a race to the bottom. They are booth bullies that love to hate each other. They hopefully will cancel each other out. I am not a Republican, but I believe we need a strong two party system that will fight for the integrity of each party. Someone needs to have the guts to stand up to Trump and DeSantis. Neither is good for their party.

  • John Barron

    June 6, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    Trump is just paying back CopyCat DeSantis for the endless ripping off of Trump and every other republican. Nothing original. No personality. Gutless.

  • At the course

    June 6, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Ron: fine looking balls Donald.
    Donald: not too bad yourself Ron.

  • X

    June 6, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    More made-up bs and brain dead comments. Way to go!

    • Your Mom's A Trump Cultist

      June 7, 2022 at 1:45 pm

      Made up how, dumbass? Just because you cult bitches don’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s made up.
      Sounds like you could use pair of balls yourself, cultsucker.

  • slb

    June 7, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    A syphilitic orangutan and Der Dwarf lead the American Fascist Party. They deserve each other.

  • OldTimingMan

    June 7, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Truer words were never spoken.


    June 7, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    The cultists here in FLA are in for a rude awakening if we ever get past their fascist attack on our democracy.
    These dumbasses are on the wrong side of history and your grandchildren will be ashamed to have your name.
    Too bad you’re all too dumb to realize it now, but you will, if you’re smart enough and even that’s a stretch, losers.

  • Yeah

    June 11, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Like it is it was death to America in all versions

  • Hymie Rickover

    June 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    The ‘X’ has spent MUCH more time saving his OWN balls than anybody elses. People are clamboring for a chance just to tee off once in his puny pair!

    And put a hole in one and a dent in the other.

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