October 17th, 2013
12:24 AM ET
11 months ago

Stenographer snaps, rants on House floor

Updated: 2:06 p.m. ET, 10/17/2013

Washington (CNN) – Amid all the chaos of the last-minute deal in Washington, there was an unusual moment on the House floor moments after the bill passed.

A House stenographer and well-known employee calmly took to a microphone and began screaming.


"Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand," she said, according to a House GOP aide. After a few seconds, she was escorted out by the Sergeant-at-Arms, but an audio recording by Todd Zwillich of Public Radio International captured the rest of her rant.

"He will not be mocked, He will not be mocked, (don't touch me) He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here, is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been... it would not have been... No. it would not have been... the Constitution would not have been written by Free Masons... and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ."

House members and aides were surprised and unsettled by the scene.

"I don't know, she just snapped," said a GOP aide.

CNN's Dana Bash spoke with several staffers who knew the woman well.

"She’s a well-known person, she’s a perfectly nice person, a good colleague, somebody who’s respectable and dependable, and this is very surprising to everybody who works with her," Bash reported on air.

"The Sergeant in Arms didn’t try to stop her because she works there and that’s where she’s situated," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told Jake Tapper. "And she actually went up behind the podium where the president speaks from. They thought she was going to hand something to the speaker, and then they realized."

Officer Shennell S. Antrobus of Capitol Police told CNN she wasn’t arrested or charged and was transported to a local area hospital by DC Fire for further evaluation.

In terms of an ongoing investigation or further action about the stenographer, Antrobus said no such action will be taken.

"There is nothing more, from our end, that we are going to do," Antrobus said.

–CNN’s Deirdre Walsh, Steve Brusk, Dan Merica and Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.


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soundoff (1,094 Responses)
  1. Ralphinga

    She just may be a prophet.

    October 17, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. betterthanthat

    What John Q. Citizen said!

    October 17, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Namedebra eiland

    She dosent need to go to the hospital What is wrong with you people when a christian cant express our views We allow every religion to pray in school and express thier religous beliefs and convictions Our country was established on the bible and you the government have done everything to remove it You should be ashamed and I fear for our country when the wrath of God falls on our country You all should be on your knees asking for forgiveness and asking Jesus into your hearts. Woe unto our nation for our sins

    October 17, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Jason

    Very sad state this country is in. People losing it in Congress. Country in 17 trillion in debt to China. A president trying to destroy the country from the inside out by printing billions a month of worthless paper just to prop up the stock market to cover it all and millions of people recieving free crap taking up for it all and blaming it all on the few people in the goverment trying to save the country. very sad times!

    October 17, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Independent Voter

    "Deborah Williams
    SHE DOES NOT NEED TO BE "EVALUATED". The idiots running or "not running" the country need to be "evaluated". She just could not sit and watch this ridiculousness anymore and not react to it. It's called "free speech". Good for her!!!!"

    Free speech, has always had limitations. Try going to YOUR place of employment and yelling the same thing. You would be walking out with your sh!t in a box trying to figure out what time the unemployment office closes.

    October 17, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. GTA

    It was really Ted Cruz in drag....

    October 17, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. carla dias

    Unfortunately, because she spoke the truth, (something that is alien in D.C.) she'll go from furloughed to fired.

    October 17, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. michelle

    She is not crazy she is right!!!! Read the facts.... ppl are not blind any more, the media can no longer hide the true. to may ways to check on fact for yourself... she is nor was not nuts she is like the rest of us she is feed up with the lies and scams....and so r we

    October 17, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. John

    I do not believe this woman is a nut job nor is she right winger. When will you all see that it doesn't matter if your Democrat or Republican, the people in power are all corrupt. This woman finally after 20 years has had enough, imagine what she has witnessed over those twenty years as our so called representatives on both sides sold us and our country to multi-nationals to the Chinese to line their pockets. Get over this political party B.S. and just be Americans!

    October 17, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. VoteForPedro

    Are we sure, it wasn't Ted Cruz in-drag?

    October 17, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. kasiola2003

    This lady is far from crazy, the words she speaks comes directly from the Bible. The Right wing Republicans who claim to be Christian actually are not and any person who knows the Bible knows this. Religion and Christianity are two different elements.

    October 17, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Namecharles

    need more people like her.

    October 17, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Name

    I declare today a National Prayer Day. Especially, if you believe that supposedly the greatest country on earth needs it. The world is watching & as they watch, opinions are formed. Now pray in the name of Jesus for this unknown lady. Pray for her protection & strenghth in Jesus Mighty name. Amen

    October 17, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. VegasSmitty

    What a shame she didn't have an assault weapon.

    October 17, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Sam90592

    Working with these Congressmen could drive anyone nuts

    October 17, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Nic "Simtimidator" Giles

    1-truPatriot This country was not a democracy it was build as a constitutional republic! Democracy is actually a freedom taker where 51% can oppress the rights of the other 49%. Now with delegates and superdelegates this is not even a democracy it is who they want in not who you want in! FACTS!

    October 17, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. gmenfan54

    At least she wasn't carrying an Uzi.

    October 17, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. John

    This is a fine example of who shouldn't own a firearm.

    October 17, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Fred Bell

    Note to pharmacist. Please adjust medication.

    October 17, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. @markbreithaupt1

    The principals contained in her "rant" are fundementally correct. The founding fathers rolled over in their graves and cheered....

    October 17, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Observer

    It sounds like the kind of thing someone would yell right before they blow up their vest.

    October 17, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. John Harris

    She could be relocated to another country where the Monarch (dictator) is Anointed by God (came to power on a tide of his beloved citizens' blood).

    Freemasonry is about democracy. Freemasonry is about putting aside differences to work together and Get Things Done. Ask one. It is a probability that you are acquainted with several. There are only few secrets. What is required of a Mason is not one of them.

    Initially, people hate a group for what people think the group believes. Next, slogans are shouted. After that, it's a brick through a window or a Molatov cocktail. Call it what you will; A Purge, A Social Cleansing or any number of other terms that have been used by the ruthless to further a goal of one form of purity or another. What is proposed is infringing on the civil rights of another. Hate leads to bad things happening. Who is the enemy? What does he seek to accomplish? Our founders saw this coming and wrote the first amendment. That is why we don't have a State Religion. If more people would take up the task of working together like Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh Masons do, we would have a lot fewer problems and the remaining problems would be a lot smaller.

    October 17, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Margie

    Amen...She only speaks the truth...She's Not crazy, she doesn't need medical help! Everyone else who didn't listen and thought of her as crazy does! FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

    All...Anti-Religious fanatics and Atheist never cease to amaze! You never had a problem living and accepting money from a Government that prints "IN GOD WE TRUST....and pledges...ONE NATION UNDER GOD!" So why now!?

    October 17, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Paula

    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!

    October 17, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Skootch

    I keep waiting for staffers to come up behind Ted Cruz and drag him off to be "evaluated" in the middle of one of his rants.

    October 17, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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