Michael Eugene "Mike" Lester (born March 3, 1955 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a conservative editorial cartoonist and artist who has worked as a children's book illustrator. He is also the creator of the syndicated comic strip Mike du Jour which launched in 2012. His editorial cartoons and his comic strip are both syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group. He has received National Cartoonists Society awards multiple times.
In 2009, Lester was arrested for assaulting his wife Regan in their home and attempting to prevent her from contacting authorities.
In March, 2012, Lester posted a cartoon that depicted Barack Obama as a pimp and characterized Sandra Fluke as a prostitute. The New Civil Rights Movement said of the cartoon "The misogyny and racism are vulgar, disgusting, unfair, and untrue."
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- "Biography: Editorial Cartoonist Mike Lester Arrested After Domestic Incident". editorandpublisher.com.
- "Fluke The Prostitute, Obama Her Pimp: Most Disgusting "Cartoon" Ever?". thenewcivilrightsmovement.com.
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