WASHINGTON — The stenographer for the U.S. House of Representatives who was escorted from the House floor last October is speaking out in a YouTube video, explaining why she felt moved to present a speech to Congress during a vote to end the government shutdown.
As previously reported, Dianne Reidy, who keeps record of proceedings for the House, approached the microphone on October 16 as the vote was underway. She then began to present an admonishment to Congress, gesturing with her hand as she spoke.
“He (God) will not be mocked,” Reidy declared three times, according to reports and audio footage.
The next segment of audio is disputed by Reidy and her husband, who believe that the speech was rather given on the elevator rather than at the podium.
“The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God,” she stated. “It never was. It would not have been.”
“The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons,” she continued as she was approached by two members of House security, who began pulling her away by her arms. “They go against God. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Reidy was then escorted to George Washington University Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and released.
“I remember getting up to the podium and after saying, ‘God will not be mocked.’ I don’t have a memory of anything else that was said that evening until I was escorted off the floor,” she stated in a YouTube video recorded with her husband Dan last week.
Reidy said that God had been waking her up in the middle of the night in the weeks prior, and that she knew that He was going to use her in some way.
“I knew [God] was doing something and I didn’t know what it was,” she explained. “As it got closer, I knew that God was going to speak through me … and I knew that it was going to be during the vote.”
But Reidy also outlined that she struggled a lot in the days leading up to the incident.
“This was a dying to the flesh,” she said. “I thought that I was going to lose my family. I thought that I was going to lose my freedom. I thought that I could end up in prison. I didn’t know. A lot of this was grieving what was to come.”
Reidy noted that she had a one in seven chance of being assigned to take the vote that night, as stenographers are assigned on rotation. But she felt that she would be the one selected, and would then have to do what God asked her to do.
“I’m not a protester. I’m not a conspiracy theorist,” Reidy stated in the video. “This is not anything that I had a dog in this fight.”
“I didn’t lose my mind,” she added. “I didn’t have a breakdown. … I remember once the elevator door shut [when they escorted me away], I felt this relief, like, ‘Thank God that’s over with.'”
Although Reidy lost her job as a House stenographer over the incident, her husband Dan says that she did what was right.
“She’s my hero,” he stated in the video explanation. “She was obedient to God.”