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. Kathy, AZ

    Gonna have to do better at screening those GOPers OUT of the audience. They're so worried about Hillary running & WINNING in 2016, that they're now in all out attack mode. LOL.

    April 10, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Christian Cage

    Just like the Bush shoe incident

    April 10, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. coco mondongo

    FIRST! damn.. first it was bush.. now her...

    April 10, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. agentxyz

    The photo caught her diabolical scientist pose.

    April 10, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    There need not, be a reason to protest Hillary. She invites a protest, by the very fact she still wants to run.

    April 10, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. cbp

    How childish! Just how are we to interpret that action. There are far better ways to protest and she might begin by using her words.

    April 10, 2014 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. Dan

    Impossible. The media tells us that EVERYONE LOVES Hillary

    April 10, 2014 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Austin Powers

    Who throws a shoe!? Honestly!?

    April 10, 2014 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Hez316

    That lady will learn to tread lightly around Ms Clinton

    April 10, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. FishFan

    Hillary can be proud of her accomplishments in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Ukraine and Venezuela. The US government is working hard to bring freedom and democracy to all!

    April 10, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. scooterdie

    Kick her out of the country.

    April 10, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Sand

    The typical level of maturity we see in politics today. Not a fan of Hillary by any stretch of the imagination, but actions like this are just childish.

    April 10, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Thugvon

    A bat?...what a senile old broad....Bush dodged two shoes, much funnier!

    April 10, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. xophr

    So that protester acted alone and was the sole attacker?

    April 10, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Reddog9500

    The Secret Service agents on duty at this event had better wake up. Next time it might be something more lethal than a shoe.

    April 10, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Redmark

    It's too bad it didn't explode and kill every Democrat and Republican in office currently. That would just be terrible if we had to start from scratch and elect decent people that work together to solve real problems in this country.

    April 10, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Darrell

    Bush dodged two shoes. Just saying.

    April 10, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Emilio Dumphque

    That's the way to handle it: no name, no clue about why.

    April 10, 2014 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Greg Lange

    The young woman who did this today has totally discredited WHATEVER view she was protesting to support by taking a violent action to espouse her views. If she simply wanted to argue a viewpoint she could just as easily have written a paper and handed it out after the event or published it on the internet. As things stand, she has done nothing more than draw attention to her juvenile, violent and unlawful behavioral issues.

    April 10, 2014 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Beverly

    Somebody else who definitely doesn't want Clinton in the Oval Office.

    April 10, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Cornholio

    Ahahahahahahaha. That's too funny.

    April 10, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. Joel

    "about a 1,000 people."?

    April 10, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Canderson

    Mandalay Bay was extremely careless to allow someone to slip by. Republicans are currently vetting cities for their convention and Las Vegas is in the running. This could really turn them off on the city if security is seen as a problem.

    April 10, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. American

    What was she protesting? I think it's pretty obvious that she was from the Tea Party, and she's protesting Hillary Clinton.

    April 10, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. No one

    Its a curious thing that those that are most xenophobic seem to idolize foreign actions and wish to imitate them.

    April 10, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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