April 10th, 2014
06:32 PM ET
6 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. Rude Guy, NYC

    Poor Hillary! There are 320-million 'right' shoes in this country. Still, that would be far safer than being her direct report in Benghazi!

    On the positive side, Kathleen Sibelius is looking for work. I say she should be rewarded for all that good work. She can run Hillary's 2016 Campaign website, and provide here with data analytics and demographic data! What do you liberals think?

    April 10, 2014 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  2. [name intensifies]

    Typically you call it a dodge if she moves out of the way before the shoe is 5 feet past her.

    April 10, 2014 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  3. john

    Ban all shoes from any political gathering

    April 11, 2014 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  4. tiredofthepandering

    maybe the woman was just sick and tired of the clitions, hillary, bill chelsy, good for her,,

    April 11, 2014 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. sajjad ali zardari

    i love u hillary clinton. hope soon we will be together.

    April 11, 2014 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  6. James

    Next time someone needs to throw US Constitution to her.

    April 11, 2014 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  7. Sf

    This woman is lucky i wasnt there to witness her do this to mRs clinton! I would of thrown my 10 1/2 straight dab in her face! HILARY 2016!

    April 11, 2014 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  8. About Time

    The other day somebody commented that President George W. Bush was such a bad president that someone through a shoe at him. Well, it looks like Hillary Clinton is not even Presient and is already so bad that she joined the same club aleady. Did not take very long...

    April 11, 2014 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  9. Brad

    The sole reason she threw that shoe is because of what happened in Benghazi. – simple.

    April 11, 2014 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  10. beechwood1

    I hope this woman is prosecuted. I really don't want this to become the norm for America.

    April 11, 2014 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  11. just me

    Pretty good line after the incident by our next POTUS.

    April 11, 2014 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  12. tony

    Security needs to be fired and that woman put in jail. She could have brought a gun.

    April 11, 2014 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  13. Humanity4All

    She handled with Humility and Humor. Way to Go ! ( Despite the toxic hate being generated by fox news network and rich talk show hosts)

    April 11, 2014 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  14. Jez

    How very Republican of the shoe-thrower. Republicans are the party of Nasty, Viciousness, and Insults, not to mention being the party of No Ideas. Violence is all that is left for a person inable to articulate intelligence. I really don't understand how anyone votes Republican.

    April 11, 2014 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  15. Franco

    Not a crime, not a MDW, just someone who obviouslly dislikes Hillary!!

    April 11, 2014 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  16. nadershaah

    I think that was Ann Coulter.

    April 11, 2014 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  17. Austin Powers

    Who throws a shoe!? Honestly!??

    April 11, 2014 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  18. Marian08

    Classy, real classy.

    April 11, 2014 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  19. Mike

    Who throws a shoe? Honestly.

    April 11, 2014 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  20. Antje

    She didn't notice the shoe until it had passed. The thrower luckily missed.

    April 11, 2014 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  21. navaJohn

    Nice job Secret Service. Ya know, we'd like her to be around for 2016 so how about paying attention next time.

    April 11, 2014 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  22. tod farmer

    LOL welcome to Bush's world Mrs. Clinton.

    April 11, 2014 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  23. brainiac

    hopefully this will catch on as a new national pastime....

    April 11, 2014 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  24. Joe L

    I'll throw the other shoe. And I'm a democrat.

    April 11, 2014 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  25. bOBBY

    Why the press dont ask the lady why she did that?Maybe the cause is justified.Hillary Clinton is a puppet cotroled by the CFR and the owners.

    April 11, 2014 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
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