April 10th, 2014
06:32 PM ET
8 months ago

Woman throws shoe at Hillary Clinton

(CNN) - A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas, according to the Secret Service.

She ducked and it missed her, joking afterward about the incident that occurred during an appearance before a recycling trade group.

"My goodness, I didn't know solid waste management was so controversial," she quipped.

"Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did," she added.

The Secret Service took the woman into custody. They said she was not a ticketed guest and slipped past hotel security.

She was not named and only identified as a protester. But it was not clear what she was protesting.

The incident happened shortly after Clinton took the stage to address the meeting at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

Mark Carpenter, spokesman for The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, said the woman was not affiliated with his group and was not credentialed for the event.

He said she "must have slipped under the rope at the last second."

"I saw papers fly when the protester stood up. I saw papers flying in the air," he said.

Carpenter said there were about 1,000 people in attendance.

Clinton's appearance is the latest in a series of high-profile speaking engagements for the former secretary of state since leaving the Obama administration. She is considered the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race.

CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Las Vegas
soundoff (343 Responses)
  1. YoonYoungJo

    What was absurd and uncalled for. If she had a complaint with Hillary she could have yelled something. Throwing a show at the former First Lady, and quite possibly the next President of the US is ridiculous.

    April 10, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. kev2672

    No responses? Why when Bush had a shoe thrown at him in Bagdad the liberals thought it was big news. An American throws one at Clinton in the U.S. and nada. Amazing isn't it.

    April 10, 2014 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. Sue

    I love Hilary.

    April 10, 2014 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. Shane Kelley

    "She ducked and it missed her." Correction: "It missed her and THEN she ducked!" :)

    April 10, 2014 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  5. Jessica McGwin

    Waste management is a hot topic globally. She really stay up on problems. The whole Mrs degree thing really showed in her stent at the State Department.

    April 10, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. 2Bob

    Truly, there are some disreputable people out there. You might not agree with the speaker but trash behavior like that says more about the person in the audience than it does about the person on the stage.

    April 10, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. oscar iavalos

    these bigots will never learn. i love how she ran off like a coward. i so frustrated by this. Hillary has always been respectful and kind. using violence whether a gun, shoe, or a fist is WRONG. im all for free speech but when you use violence to attempt to get a point across, you nullify the possibility of anyone giving a damn about what you're trying. stupid woman.

    April 10, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    The incident was sparked by an inflammatory Youtube video.

    April 10, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Are you Serious?

    She ducked and it missed her? Fast on her feet? Did you even see the video. It sailed past her and she ducked way after the fact. Man you love her don't you?

    April 10, 2014 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. lcb

    Well – if HC runs in 2016? this will just be another year I won't battle the crowds at the polls!

    April 10, 2014 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. OhCmonNow

    Whatever happened to the classic tomato throw?

    April 10, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. PJ Parker

    WOW! That is totally unacceptable. How did she get in there? Why don't we know her name? Why wasn't she immediately handcuffed and drug out of there like a person who just attempted to assault any other former first family member?

    We must worry about shoe bombs on planes, but when an unidentified, uncredentialed person throws one at the former first lady, and former secretary of state, everyone handles her like she might have rights?

    April 10, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. GW

    "Fast on her feet"? She never saw it coming and drew up like a girl.

    April 10, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. NoHorseInTheRace

    What a complete waste of a perfectly good shoe !!

    April 10, 2014 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. AlGoreLies

    So now, by law, anybody attending a political rally must surrender their shoes? Will Stilettos be illegal under penalty of death because of their well known boomerang action if thrown expertly at a target.

    April 10, 2014 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. TJ Williams (@tjinlv)

    So what is her name? Who is this person? She does not deserve anonymity. Bring some to get some.... Who is she????

    April 10, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. Jriley

    You know what I think?

    Hiillay's a shoe-in for the nomination!

    April 10, 2014 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. reggie53

    Hillary is the overwhelming favorite until the media and the other democrats turn against her like in 2008. The media made Hillary lose because they wanted Obama to be the candidate. If she knows what is good for her, she should say thanks for no thanks.

    April 10, 2014 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. Hurr

    That was a stupid and lame thing for that idiot to do, but it's amazing how CNN is breaking their neck to make Hillary look good. The shoe flies past with no reaction until after it's missed by a wide margin. What are the headlines? "FAST ON HER FEET" and "How Hillary dodged it." I mean, seriously?

    April 10, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. Scott

    What a fluff piece. The only thing that saved her from a size 6 welt on her forehead was the horrible aim of the protester. If you watch the video slowed down, she doesn't even flinch until the shoe was past her head. Terrible journalism CNN, but I would be lying if I said I was surprised.

    April 10, 2014 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Democracy Rules

    She is such a smart woman. I didn't know she had cat like ninja reflexes as well.

    April 10, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Steve

    The throwing of a shoe is a symbol for how much power the people in a democracy actually have to affect change

    April 10, 2014 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Ron

    A duck or a dodge? No. An accurate throw would have nailed her.

    April 10, 2014 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. CLS

    REALLY PEOPLE. You can disagree with anyone you want but throwing things at them! That's just plain rude.

    April 10, 2014 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. DaveWC

    What difference does it make?

    April 10, 2014 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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