April 10th, 2014
06:32 PM ET
9 years 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.

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"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. Don

    I'm no Clinton supporter, but that's way out of line. I'm glad she was arrested. It was totally uncalled for. We need an over all return to civility in this country. Despite our differences, we are still Americans.

    April 11, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. j007bond

    While Hillary tried to make lite of the incident, you can bet deep down inside she's concerned. Maybe it's time for her to start realizing that not all women like nor support her. Hey, do you think her corrupt allies in the (TV) media will show the incident OVER and OVER like they did with president Bush?

    April 11, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Bobby

    When President George Bush had a shoe thrown at him by a reporter, the American press basically made him a hero. Hillary has a shoe thrown at her and the American press is presenting it as disrepectful.

    April 11, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. sly

    "Can't the conservatives come up with anything original, they've resorted to stealing ideas from Muslims now."
    Little difference between extreme Al Queda muslim terrorists and the white Tea Party home grown domestic terrorists from the right.

    Equally extreme religious fanatics – all of who should be eradicated.

    April 11, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    Well it is just fair. Like Bush, Ms.Clinton is responsible for invading a sovereign country under false pretenses and causing 1000's of US solders to die. Oh wait, she didn't.

    April 11, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Forrest Gump

    Sometimes a shoe is just not big enough...

    April 11, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Dave

    Bwahahaha! That's Hillaryous! Nobody wants another liar president. Go home!

    April 11, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Ann Terhune

    I hope the woman is mentally ill. If this was a protest, then it is sad for our country when people cannot protest civilly.

    April 11, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Tammy

    Don: You expressed my sentiments exactly.

    April 11, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Chris McCleary

    This was an "in depth" report? What does a CNN superficial report entail?

    April 11, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. underwaterops

    Bad form. Clearly the shoe tosser lacked any sense of decency.
    But then, being a "tosser" in the UK is considered to be a very bad thing.
    So perhaps we expect too much from the people who don't like her. Decency just isn't on their list.

    April 11, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. don wins

    don wins thread

    April 11, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Anastasya

    @Sly... "Equally extreme religious fanatics – all of who (sic) should be eradicated"
    Muslim extremists exist thanks to the CIA and the creation of Isreal. White Tea Party folks are protesting against Jewish banking interests stealing the land their forefathers settled.
    If you need help with your Genocide ("eradication"), Orthodox Judaic fanatics have more experience than anyone. Good luck...

    April 11, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. MacNCheese

    Typical angry rightwing l00ney being utterly disrespectful and deplorable! George W. Bush EARNED his shoe throwing! So the right tries to copycat !

    Very mature!


    April 11, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    she is not in any office and why is she getting secret service agents. did she say if she didn't they would also be on her hit list. she houses secret service at her and bills mansion and charging the tax payers 10,000$ a month for a little place for them to stay. and just so happens that her mortgage payment
    nt is 10,000 dollars a month also.not in any office, why don't she pay for her own security, instead of the tax payers. is that because all democrats steal as well as lieand they just slipped 10,000 a month in to the tax payers budget.

    April 11, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. gahh

    Why has this woman already been released from custody? Clinton should have been president, instead of liar Obama.

    April 11, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Nate

    I wonder if that was for Benghazi . Too bad she missed .

    April 12, 2014 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. Kahyoza

    Certainly that's a poor way of demonstration. It sounds much of a personal grudge.

    April 12, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
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