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. Miami Mike

    Nice to see Hillary's Bosnian Sniper Fire dodging skills are as sharp as ever!

    April 11, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. TheSadTruth

    I don't want Billary in the White House, but in all fairness I'm not going to be dogging her for not seeing the shoe coming. She's on a stage, getting blasted by 200 foot candles of light in a darkened room- of course she won't see the shoe until it enters her key light zone a few feet in front of her.

    April 11, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Anonymous

    To quote Austin Powers "Who throws a shoe?"

    April 11, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Name

    This is a flat out classless act. She's well into her 60s. If that was done to any other women in their 60s people on both sides would be screaming how that could have been their grandmother. Just because she's a public and political figure does not mean she should be subject to attack. Civility still has its place in the world.

    April 11, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. Ammavra

    Seems a shoe-in through the primaries, now.

    April 11, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Anne

    You have to be very ignorant to through a shoe to a person speaking, no matter if you disagree with what she is saying. You can be more civilized. And if I was her, I wouldn't be joking about it, it is not funny. I may not like her as a Politician but this was very wrong.

    April 11, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Anne

    to throw

    April 11, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. John

    She didn't dodge the shoe, the shoe missed her. She reacted when the shoe was by her. She would have been SMOKED if it was on target.

    April 11, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. lindaluttrell

    Was it a "running" shoe?

    April 11, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Jon

    If you can dodge a shoe you can dodge a ball!!!

    April 11, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Wesson Smith

    Hillary, enough. Please retire!!!

    April 11, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. civility

    Interesting that scrap recycling folks want to cough up $250K for her to speak to them. I would of thought they would prefer someone of a different political persuasion.

    April 11, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Philiprules

    Stay classy conservative America!

    April 11, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Mike Denney

    I'd give Hillary a 7 out of 10 (+2 handicap for poor lighting). GW got a perfect 10 for his dodge, because of the difficulty of dodging 2 separately-thrown shoes, and because of the venue.
    She should just be glad it wasn't a Stiletto.

    April 11, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Ron Jeremy

    Shes just copying Bush, he made getting shoes thrown at you all the rage.

    April 11, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Speedster

    So Republicans have now proven they are as evolved as Iraqis were in 2008. Way to take a step forward Republican Party.

    April 11, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. peterz

    Women were the second citizens in today GOP political view, including the thrower. How they expected to win the election with this kind of game. I thought Hilary should enter the election to make the "consevative" GOP wake themselve up for the welfare of the nation politics.

    April 11, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Spartacus

    Sebelius gets the boot. Hillary gets the shoe. A great day for the USA.

    April 11, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. quidestveritas


    wasn't it a woman who threw the shoe?

    April 11, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. mopizzle11

    Who's gonna bring up the confidential papers that the shoe thrower had dropped?

    April 11, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. freedom

    Hilary – your time has come – and gone – and working under Obama didn't help you at all! You broke laws and people died. You are not worthy to even be considering the presidency.

    April 11, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. peterz

    What they did just opened the old wound. The way to win the election they thought?

    April 11, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Robert Camacho

    What is wrong with you people, this is unacceptable.

    I don't care if you don't like a person, but doing harm to another person is wrong.

    I hope this person is charge to the fullest of the law.

    April 11, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Desert1

    Stupid people attempting a assault on public figure because they don't go along with what they are saying,knew she was wrong and tried to escape,someone needed to slam her on the deck instead of letting the little princess walk out with her hands up,slam her and throw some cuffs on her right there !!

    April 11, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Malory Archer


    What they did just opened the old wound. The way to win the election they thought?


    Who is "they", and what "old wound" did "they" open?

    April 11, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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