Bizarre "Freemason" Rant on House Floor During Debt Ceiling
A stenographer staged a bizarre performance on the House floor near the end of the debt ceiling vote last night, ranting about Freemasons before she was quickly dragged away by security guards.
Moments before House members passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling, a woman later identified as stenographer Diane Reidy approached the microphone at the Speaker's Lobby in a trance-like state and began to shout.
"He will not be mocked, don't touch me, he will not be mocked," Reidy ranted, adding, "The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God, it never was."
Officials begin to remove Reidy as she screamed, "It never was, had it been, it would not have been....the Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons, they go against God, you cannot serve two masters."
"Praise be God, Lord Jesus Christ," she added.
Reidy also reportedly said “A House divided cannot stand — you are all sons of the devil!”
According to Rep. Joaquin Castro, the woman "had a crazed look" on her face. "It was very disturbing for the members of Congress," he said.
"I had passed her obviously all the time on the House floor, and she smiled a few times, she seemed nice, and according to other members who have been around longer, she seemed nice," Castro told reporters.
According to the Washington Post, House floor staff were "visibly shaken" by the incident and police are currently investigating the matter.
“I think there’s a lot of sympathy, because something clearly happened there,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly.
What makes the incident even more strange is that Reidy is not someone who showed up on the job recently, she has been working as an official stenographer with the Office of the Clerk for over 20 years.
According to presiding officer Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Reidy approached the platform and asked if the microphone was turned on.
"I hammered to get control and hush her up. She said something about the devil. It was sudden, confusing and heartbreaking. She is normally a gentle soul," said Ros-Lehtinen.
Reidy was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. It is not known whether criminal charges will be filed.
"For that one short tiny moment we actually had some sanity and bravery on the House Floor!" joked Daniel McAdams, labeling Reidy "the last sane person on Capitol Hill."