October 17th, 2013
12:24 AM ET
1 year 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.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • House
soundoff (1,094 Responses)
  1. Guest

    Sounds like most people: nice and generally agreeable until they talk about politics.

    October 17, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  2. kalliope61

    Surprised it took this long. After all the pompous ego-serving lies and other happy horse shit this woman has to type out on a regular basis, most people would go stark raving mad.

    October 17, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  3. Teresa

    Sounds like she was the only one there who knew what is right. Why is this woman the stenographer when she clearly is smarter than all of congress combined? And she's the one who is taken a hospital for a mental evaluation.

    October 17, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  4. Name Samuel Smith

    This is not the 1st time and it won't be the last. I wonder how many unstable people are out there in Ametica, on the verge of nervous breakdown , guess congress forgot about the violence not to long ago in think Colorado! I guess because they are getting paid they take it for granted , guess they say the hell with the people! Make them wait !

    October 17, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  5. The Thinker

    Now do you morons get it, your drivel is REALLY affecting good people.

    October 17, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  6. smartaz

    She is obviously tired of all of their BS

    October 17, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  7. AeroFox

    A distressed call from a victim of a divided house. Her frustration and rant says it all. "A house divided will never stand" This entire mess should never have happened over idealogy. This is not brotherly (and sisterly) love and friendship of man (and woman), not at all, not in the least. And certainly not what the Founders envisioned, some of which were Freemasons. She's not crazy. She's probably the only rational person in that entire assembly driven to frustration by the unnecessary insanity around her.

    October 17, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  8. Kip (Portland, Oregon)

    These Tea Party jerks have made many of us feel like this poor woman. I have been shouting at my TV during the whole disgraceful shutdown of government by these nutters! My sympathies. Hopes she gets feeling better!

    October 17, 2013 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  9. cdub

    Her personal convictions and I applaud her for taking the floor in the house her tax's help pay for. And who knows, she may be right. Who has real knowledge of what went on back then?

    October 17, 2013 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  10. Name Samuel Smith

    Babylon is fallen is fallen, she's become a habitation of devils !

    October 17, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  11. Andrew

    Reminds me of Planet of the Apes when Charlton Heston screams out "It's a maaaddd house!" "It's a Maaaddd house!

    October 17, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  12. trevorbryant flagstaff az

    Not sure she made her point. She exploded her job, and no one even understands what on earth she was saying. The House is always divided. Won't be in 2014, when the Tea Party and GOP get punished for what they have done, by shutting down our government for NOTHING. This democrat couldn't be happier. See, she should have said it more like that.

    October 17, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  13. jeff

    Someone didn't take their pills.

    October 17, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  14. OldSchool

    A woman who has crazy religious delusions, go figure! And she's an NWO nut to boot!

    October 17, 2013 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  15. caralee2010

    I wish the video did not show the woman. Obviously she is ill – does CNN (and other news outlets) have to exploit that? I feel badly for her, and wish her all the best.

    October 17, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  16. caralee2010

    I wish the video did not show the woman. Obviously, she is ill. CNN (and other news outlets) do not need to exploit her situation. Rather, she should be protected. I wish her well.

    October 17, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  17. Kurt Hennig

    That type of a break is usually but not always stress related...she probably was under a tremendous load with all of this and especially being on the inside!

    October 17, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  18. terry

    I know how you feel sister, I know how you feel.

    October 17, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  19. Truth Bombs

    How dare she speak!!!! Good for her. This government is so out of touch with reality! Good for her!

    October 17, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  20. t3chn0ph0b3

    Oooookay. Someone's been nipping at the communion wine a tad too often.

    October 17, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  21. Osceola Steve

    She is perfectly healthy . She is also exactly right !!!

    October 17, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  22. bearitstrong

    no worse than members of congress "snapping"

    October 17, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  23. Name

    She speaks truth

    October 17, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  24. ReD

    people be crazy!!!

    October 17, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  25. Fred

    wow, so bizarre. an attractive looking woman going nuts is unusual,

    October 17, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
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