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


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

    she did not scream nor did she lose it. She prophesied.

    October 17, 2013 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  2. Buddha

    That makes no sense.

    Free Masons believe in god. It's one of the obligations needed to join the organization. They don't care what god you believe in as long as you believe in some form of a creator deity.

    It's partly why deism has certain roots in the beliefs of the founding fathers. They weren't religious but they had an underlying concept of deism.

    October 17, 2013 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  3. Name

    If you have read/listened to this story/video you have been warned. Revelations says the truth will be shouted from the highest hill. It also speaks of the ignorance of man. Even when the truth is told they will deny CHRIST. You follow men, trust in.... Men. Repubs.... Dems... It will not matter on that terrible day when my father looks you in your eye and says.... 'Get behind me, for I never knew you.' Every knee shall bow.... Glory to GOD. Let his will be done.

    October 17, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  4. shane

    Religion can be dangerous.

    October 17, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  5. Dr Tod Policandriotes

    Very interesting rant! Maybe she finally snapped because she couldn't take the greedy, selfish, arrogant, lobbyist bought and paid for, two faced, hypocrite, weak, lying, cheating, backstabbing, children we call congressmen. There are a few decent ones that have not been fully tilted yet, but there is hope, there is always hope that these people will change their ways and start doing things for the people rather than their pocket books and bank accounts. If there is a God, I sure wish it would show itself and stop the murder, corruption, greed and so much more. I think if any advanced being showed itself, our world would change for the better. For now we all have to keep moving forward in time and try to not keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Do what is morally and ethically right and treat people as you wish to be treated yourself.

    October 17, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  6. Former Texan

    Huh? Cra-zzzzzzzy. Driven crazy by the shutdown?

    October 17, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  7. Tom

    Someone should check to find out how many guns she owns. A lot of "so called" Christians are gun owners and mentally unstable. And you can take that to the bank.

    October 17, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  8. Nom

    A house divided can still be infested with dipshits that believe in invisible men in the sky. Its called schizophrenia.

    October 17, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  9. Alex C

    After watching the original video a few times, I noticed a woman that appeared to be pointing to wear the stenographer should go, and was speaking to her just before she got up. Seemed odd that immediately after the stenographer got up, the other woman moved aside the first dictation machine, and replaced it with a new one, it almost seemed planned.

    October 17, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  10. don in albuquerque

    Wow!! Loons Are US.

    October 17, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  11. r hendrickson

    Finally! – Some common sense coming out of that place.

    October 17, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  12. deadidol

    Someone's handlers gonna be fired

    October 17, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  13. Amy

    These shutdowns have been having that effect of finally making people snap.
    Funny how she chose to give a religious message....

    October 17, 2013 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  14. Terae

    speechless and no other comment

    October 17, 2013 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  15. maggie

    not to dis a sister when she's down.....I hope she gets some rest...maybe she's got a flu bug or something....politics can be weird every day of the week but I'm sure the shutdown was stressful for her....

    October 17, 2013 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  16. SmartPotato

    Wow. She took the wrong job.

    October 17, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  17. DaveW

    As a species, we have not derived great benefit from religious fanaticism.

    October 17, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  18. Angel

    Good thing mental health coverage is part of the Affordable Care Act. God speed woman, get back on your feet.

    October 17, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  19. NanookoftheNorth

    Those dang fighting politico's are driving EVERYBODY crazy ;-)

    October 17, 2013 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  20. Kanjaji

    Working with this Congress would be enough to make anyone snap. Hope she has a full recovery.

    October 17, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  21. Greg essingt0n

    G00d 4 her. Itsab0ut time the legislative p0wers2b are br0ught 2bare witness 2 the simple truth that. G0d. Jeh0vah 0ur heavenly father is and will b n charge n0 matter what. S0unds like the lady had m0re t0 say. 2bad the bums haulded her 0ff. May. G0d bless usall.

    October 17, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  22. Reality

    Priceless… Tell us more sternly how your non existent god shall not be mocked!

    I assert that Santa shall not be mocked! Those that blaspheme against Santa and his reindeer will surely be punished.

    October 17, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  23. Separation of Church and State

    I'm not sure she "snapped" so much as her religion finally came out. People like this need to be removed from all public offices if they are going to let their religious views and bias come out in official capacities. I have no problem with someone being religious, but our country has come WAY too far from the idea of separation of church and state and needs a firm kick in the rear to stop people from bringing one fairy tail or another into the realm of politics. If I wanted to live in a religious state I would move to Iran.

    October 17, 2013 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  24. Mopery

    Two words: You're fired!

    October 17, 2013 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  25. labman57

    Mindless ranting on the House floor?
    I'm amazed that anyone regarded this as out of place.

    October 17, 2013 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
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