When Conrad Burns insulted taxi drivers he insulted a hard working group of American citizens, and people who love this country so much they are becoming American citizens. Driving a taxi is one of the most difficult and stressful jobs in this country. In any list of high stress jobs, driving a taxi appears at the top. Taxi drivers are constantly subjected to insults and discriminatory behavior. Their lives are in danger far more frequently than workers in other professions, and there are few protections in place for them. It is highly improper for a US Senator to heap on further insult, and expose our neighbors and hard working Americans to further suspicion and potential insults and danger, creating even more difficult working conditions. It is additionally shocking and insulting that the first lady should endorse these remarks. Burns attempts at retraction do not change what he said.

“Burns talked about the war on terrorism, saying a ‘faceless enemy’ of terrorists ‘drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night,'” the Associated Press reports.

In her speech, the first lady praised Burns for talking about terrorism with “civility and respect.”