October 17th, 2013
12:24 AM ET
10 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. GJ

    Wait a minute, here. She was escorting away for blabbing away incoherently? Isn't that what they do in congress every day? I don't think she was out of order at all. :)

    October 17, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. GJ

    At least she didn't say, PRAISE ALLAH! Everyone would have hit the floor.

    October 17, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Colin Morgan

    COnsidering how much nonsense she probably has to put up with, it's no wonder she snapped.

    October 17, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Sean

    Any man/woman of faith, would understand, she stood up and quoted scriptures, scriptures that ring true, and is sound wisdom to the hearers. I applaud her bravery, I know Jesus Christ, who sits at the Right hand of God our Father, the creator of the Universe, respects the truth she spoke in front of the entire nation, and now this article will serve as a memorial to her testimony before this Great Nation.

    Matthew 12:25
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

    Luke 11:17
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.

    Mark 3:25
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

    Matthew 6:24
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    You Cannot Serve God and Riches

    24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

    Luke 16:13
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

    Galatians 6:7
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

    October 17, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. jimi.

    She's one of the few crazies who at least knows that this country was not built on so-called "Christianity". Got to give her that much. Now, if only the conservatives in this country would get the message, we could end all of this nonsense.

    October 17, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. justaguy

    Re: Jillian – "Seriously this religion crap has got to go" – it has been going for a while now hence the state of the union

    October 17, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Larry282

    She ought to be dismissed period!

    October 17, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Mike

    She was working long hours, for weeks on end, unpaid thanks to the very people she is directly working for, and all she does when she finally snaps is verbalize her personal beliefs. While I don't hold those same beliefs, I give her credit for not setting off a suicide vest, pulling out a gun, or defaulting on the past debts of the country. I'm sure what she said will have no impact on any of the politicians. After all, she's just a voter, needed once every 2 years for one small vote, not a major campaign donor.

    October 17, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Steves

    Some smoking cessation drugs can cause unexpected behavior such as this.

    October 17, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. d

    It's comforting to know that when a religious extremist gets central access to the one building all our leaders are packed into all at once, that if she brings a bomb vest and decapitates the entire US government in one fell swoop by blowing herself up in the middle of them all standing there in a perfect execution formation circle–at least she's a nice wholesome christian and not a muslim. Count your blessings. At least she yelled "God is not mocked" instead of "Allahu Akbar." Now THAT would be terrorist.

    It's so nice to know that we're safe from religious extremism as long as we're safe from the muslims.

    October 17, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. funk munkee

    It just shows that insanity is contageous. That poor lady had to listen to all those tea party fruits and it rubbed off on her.

    October 17, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Razr

    The irony is we all must preach the same message she gave, that is to get the leaders of our nation to understand its not about Money, Politics, Personal Agendas, Economy, or any other thing that them idiots can guess at. Its about getting it right as a nation that Preserves God as our National Heritage and not default against the Corner Stone he gave unto us as a Prize to be worshiped that in the End we all could be victorious. Corruption is ready to destroy America let face it, it more likely will start from the head down. Should we expect it any other way?

    October 17, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Why was she escorted out??? Did the Sgt in Arms ran out of bullets or at least use a taser.

    October 17, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Obi_donkenobi

    @Peach: I can field your question, "How can you take something like GOD's word and make it a bad thing?" Because there is almost certainly no God, so appealing to It to do anything is not just bad, it's crazy bad – as in "asylum crazy bad." I hope this clarifies things for you.

    October 17, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Woody's Hay

    wait ... who did the stenography when she was ranting?

    October 17, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Barry G.

    Good for her.

    It sounds like she's the only sane, sensible person in D.C..

    And she's the only one who hasn't sold her soul and taken large amounts of money from the lobbyists.

    October 17, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. d

    It's comforting to know that when a religious extremist gets central access to the one building all our leaders are packed into all at once, that if she brings a bomb vest and decapitates the entire US government in one fell swoop by blowing herself up in the middle of them all standing there in a perfect execution formation circle–at least she's a nice wholesome christian and not a muslim. Count your blessings. At least she yelled "God is not mocked" instead of "Allahu Akbar." Now THAT would be terrorist.
    It's so nice to know that we're safe from religious extremism as long as we're safe from the muslims.

    October 17, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Xty

    She is perfectly alright. She needs no evaluation. She spoke the truth, and the truth is bitter to hear sometimes.

    October 17, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Concerned

    She is right. No house divided can stand. Be it politically or privately . Just look at the divorce rates. Is is congress trying to divorce us?

    October 17, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Name

    Well Cruz SAID the heclkers were paid by Obama n some idiot here said they are wrlfare recipients lol yeah Im so shocked that the GOP has such low ratings I mean I guess if u say it enough it makes what u say true if u deny something enough it makes it a lie..."polls aren't reflective of America" "Elections don't mean a thing" lol spin n insult all day it is what it is THIS President is here and u are LOSING

    October 17, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Ann B

    You go girl! You said just what many of us have been thinking!

    October 17, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. zappo15

    This women is the only sane person in the House. The extremists should think over carefully what she said. Why weren't the extremists escorted out before she was..

    October 17, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Why do morons like this feel the need to preach their ignorance? If you have no understanding or knowledge about a topic, be humble and do your research instead of foolishly speaking to a public audience. She should be ashamed of herself and embarrassed! I hope she was fired on the spot.
    By the way, Freemasonry is not a Religion nor is it religious in any way; it is spiritual. It is a society of Men and Women who believe in something bigger then themselves and dedicate their lives to the betterment of society. Instead of learning about what she does not understand, she preaches false statements making her a fool.

    October 17, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. simplefaith

    We don't blame her for losing it after all the tension in the room. If you are sensitive with some metaphysical awareness the bad and evil can be felt in the room. God was with her then. Praise God. She sensed evil in the room. All the backroom sneakiness and planning. It reminds me of the show Surviver and Big Brothers. All the backstabbing and bad talking can get to some people.

    October 17, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. US citizen

    if anyone is commenting that she is crazy, nuts and etc. well guess what she is telling the truth and she is not crazy . This country is no more it can't come back from the debt that this country is in even with all the money in the world this country still can't payoff that debt. And is true what she said its in the bible a house that is divided can not stand and it won't stand.this country's foundation is built on sand. And what happens to a building when it's constructed on sand?,(use your imagination). Picture this, do you know the story of the three little? Then analyze that story and picture USA like that. And I think you know what I mean. Lets see if you can put it together.

    October 17, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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