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Myrtle Beach photographer reflects on Trump campaign, promotes new book

Photographer Gene Ho poses for a shot with President Trump while on the campaign trail. Ho talked about his time on the trail in front of a crowd at the grand opening of 810 Cafe and Sweets at 810 Bowling at The Market Common Monday. (Taggart Houck/WPDE)

Gene Ho keeps himself busy.

The Myrtle Beach photographer insists on keeping a full schedule, photographing weddings, professional photos, and about three years ago, he added campaign photographer to the list.

Presidential campaign photographer.

Ho met President Trump in 2015, when candidate Trump attended a local rally. Ho was there, and eventually, got the job as campaign photographer.

Monday he talked about his journey and his new book, released less than two months ago, "Trumpography: How Biblical Principles Paved the Way to the American Presidency" in front of a crowd of people as part of the grand opening of WRNN Talk Show host Liz Callaway's 810 Cafe & Sweets at 810 Bowling at The Market Common.

The book outlines experiences with Trump along the campaign trail, comparing his actions to stories of biblical heroes.

"Trump has done certain things a certain way where biblical characters have done the same way," he said. He used an example when Trump encountered NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty.

"Richard Petty was in the room with the meet and greets, other people in the room. Interesting thing: Trump didn't beeline to Richard Petty, the NASCAR king, to shake his hand; Trump went in and shook hands with all the first responders. He made everyone in that room feel like they were more important than the NASCAR legend Richard Petty, and that's how he won everyone over. Trump in person is a very nice person and I made that connection between a person in the bible called Absalom, who did things almost the same way," said Ho.

It has lots of support, but Ho said its title and subject has also caused controversy.

"It equates two things that generally people are not supposed to talk about, politics and religion, and this book melds the two together," said Ho.

Ho said he hasn't spent a dollar on advertising and it's already been the second highest ranking book on Amazon.com's "Movers and Shakers" list.

"The community has, for lack of a better term, come to my rescue here with this book that, quite frankly, should have been dead in the water when it first came out," he said. "Myrtle Beach has loved me for everything I've done and they've supported me."

Some people in the audience asked whether Ho stayed in touch with Trump and his family.

He said he remains close with the family, especially Eric Trump and his wife, Laura. He has his eye on D.C. in the near future.

"I have two trips into Washington, D.C. before the end of the year, so we're looking forward to a lot of good things with this book and it's just now picking up steam."

Ho also works as campaign photographer for Congressman Tom Rice and Governor Henry McMaster.

The book is available on Amazon.com and at other booksellers, including Barnes & Noble.

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