April 10th, 2014
06:32 PM ET
7 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. Thomas

    What happened to Anthony Weiner ?

    What was in the shoe ?

    April 11, 2014 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  2. M. Gutierrez

    She had her Bush moment. Fitting.

    April 11, 2014 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  3. Joe Blank

    Not to say I'm a fan of GW Bush, but he is way better at Dodging shoes. Hillary didn't even duck until after the shoe passed her. Fortunately for her, blondie has bad aim. This article totally overplays her shoe dodging abilities.

    April 11, 2014 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  4. Billy Bob

    Looks like Rush is going to have a guest on his show

    April 11, 2014 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Not only did she handled beautifully and got out of the way but she shows that she can take it and joke about it.
    The woman lost a pair of, I hope, not too fancy expensive pair of shoes.
    Stupid of her to think Hillary doesn't have Secret Service detail with her everywhere she goes. Duh!

    April 11, 2014 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  6. Carl

    Put a medal on that women chest. should have thrown rotten tomatos

    April 11, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  7. Steve

    Ethel, git your clothes on.....

    April 11, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  8. William

    Probably a Republican stunt.

    April 11, 2014 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  9. longtooth

    You haven't really made it 'til someone throws a shoe at you.

    April 11, 2014 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  10. what

    was it a new shoe .....hill could give it to the needy and look caring in the eyes of CNN.

    April 11, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  11. Fifi

    Thats what we need in the WhiteHouse a person quick on her feet. NOw if that had been a Republican within 20 minutes it would have been a full-blown act of terrorism. Lol

    April 11, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  12. josh

    who throws a shoe? really?

    April 11, 2014 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  13. OrmondGeorge

    That won't stop her from running

    April 11, 2014 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  14. Anonymous

    she didn't duck, it missed her completely

    April 11, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  15. Maryellen

    She just slipped through security, no big deal, that's pretty scary!

    April 11, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  16. Jim37015

    I won't vote for any Democrat. Since Obama things haven't gotten much better. Only worse. Gas and everything connected to it is way up and his leftist billionaire Democrat friend that owns ATK, owns all the government contracts from major ammo manufacturers causing ammo,powder and bullets to become non-existant to the public. Why does our government need all this ammo and reloading components?????Its their gun control, no bullets for the masses or public. Whats that tell you? We never had any other president cause these type of problems.

    April 11, 2014 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  17. Jason

    Bush ducks better

    April 11, 2014 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  18. Moderately Amused

    I knew it! Hillary did play softball!

    April 11, 2014 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  19. David

    What difference does it make Hillary?

    April 11, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  20. jesus

    Secret service is losing it man.

    April 11, 2014 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  21. Government Waste Rules

    Hey wasn't Lerner found in contempt of court yesterday? CNN you might want to do a quick article on that considering every other major news outlet is. I guess Flight 370 and shoes flying around is more sensational.

    April 11, 2014 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  22. Bob

    Well – shoes have now been thrown at both Bush and Clinton. Regardless of party, this is total disrespect to people who have been in high levels of government and have dedicated their lives to personal service. We the people have become so disrespectul and divided by radio talk show hosts and right/left wing TV stations. Hate and disrespect are not things we want to teach our children. Wars can be started with this kind of vitriol

    April 11, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  23. tim

    These boots are made for stalking.

    April 11, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  24. Mahone

    She didn't dodge it….it missed her. If the shoe would have been on-target, she would have been hit!!!!

    April 11, 2014 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  25. adam4x4

    Other than collecting a fee why was Clinton there? Why was the protester there other than to throw a shoe? Why didn't Carpenter use the opportunity to push his group and their agenda?

    April 11, 2014 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
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