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. William Moore

    A few years ago a crazy man threw a shoe at president Bush, luckily he dogged it with his cat like reflexes and avoided any harm or added humiliation. But not soon after many people commented how scared he looked and how he did not take this action seriously and added humor to the situation. He was destroyed in the comments section and on media outlets. Now this same action happens to Hilary Clinton and she also uses her cat like reflexes to avoid harm and she cracks jokes and she be hailed a hero. They will probably say "Wow she is so funny and quick witted, maybe she would make a great president because she can react so fast to a chaotic situation" or "Why don't these crazy people throw shoes at Republicans?" The comments will be the total opposite of the Bush shoe throwing incident. In fact Rachael Maddow will probably do a segment on it and Hilary will come out looking very presidential. Maybe they will even throw in a few stills of when it happened to president Bush, but they will be slow motion and bad angle and only included the scared panicked face. Or no one will comment at all because in the grand scheme of things this story isn't really news unless a Republican is being hit with a shoe.

    April 10, 2014 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. NamePetrus

    GOP and Fox News hard at work and they will fail.They make 2016 very close.

    April 10, 2014 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Patricia

    How is it the shoe thrower was a protester without a cause or clue? Even for those who don't like Hilary Clinton, this is bizarre.

    April 10, 2014 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. shella

    Don't like Clinton but not cool at all..People need to get a grip we are not uncivilized people.

    April 10, 2014 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Bayousara

    I just worry about the broad slipping through security. She could have had a gun, you idiots! Hotel security? Need to up that and soon! BTW, Hillary didn't miss the shoe, she ducked after it had landed.

    April 10, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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    April 10, 2014 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. hoeech

    A republican's first response to a differing opinion is violence. Typical.

    April 10, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. danicalifornia

    Yup! on the speaking tour. So how much money are people paying her to speak? Does anyone care what she thinks? We don't need any more political dynasties. God knows, we have Ted Kennedy Jr running in Connecticut and the younger Joe Kennedy running for re-election in Congress. Not to mention Caroline calling in favors to get the Ambassadorship. Give us a break! People, smarten up.

    April 10, 2014 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Sabu Simon

    Sad !!! to see all this.

    April 10, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Joe

    It went past her before she realized. Bush dodged two thrown shoes like a boss. Glad it didn't hit her tho, that was disgusting

    April 10, 2014 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Mr. Black

    So, she breaks in, throws a shoe but doesn't bother to say why? Wow, you really accomplished something there.

    April 10, 2014 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. yo!

    She and GW Bush now have something in common.

    April 10, 2014 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. MP

    If nobody hates you then you are probably not standing up for anything.

    April 10, 2014 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  14. John

    Why does Mrs. Clinton have secret service protection?

    April 10, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Tellyawut

    She should have been tackled and arrested on the spot! The rest of what I really have to say is not suitable for comment.

    April 10, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. pk

    Hillary did not duck in time to miss the shoe. Shoe missed Hillary & Hillary ducked afterwards. It's clear from the video.

    April 10, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. KellyF

    She handled that like a pro. I feel even better about voting for her in 2016

    April 10, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. jack45

    WOW!!! Five years in jail would be about right. What if the shoe had hit her in the face? Why do we let things like this happen in the good old USA? Lets stop this mess, all we need to do is look at what our kids are (now) doing. Is this the new USA? Were better then this, right? Love the USA, I do is my home and all of you are my brothers and sisters.

    April 10, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. ERR

    She just slipped past security? Secret Service is slippin.

    April 10, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. matteroffact

    That's not good!

    April 10, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. william

    ok i guess ill be the first to say it. when i saw this video i was really hoping to see it actually hit her . practice makes perfect i guess..... maybe next time (sigh).

    April 10, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Rob

    I didn't see much ducking until after the shoe buzzed her tower. Who throws shoes anyway? Was this in Iraq? JK

    April 10, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Hog

    Why is the Secret Service with Hillary Clinton?

    Former President Bill Clinton DOES NOT have Secret Service protection; and as far as I know Hillary has not announced she's running for President in 2016, nor hve Democrats picked her.


    April 10, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. Bob

    Who throws a shoe, now really?

    April 10, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. Mensaman

    While I don't think much of Hillary's abilities (specific to her seat-holding as Sect'y of State) No one but no one should throw a shoe. They should show respect.
    Remember that folks in public service are doing a tough job. If you don't like their work you have a vote or you can jump in the arena yourself.

    April 10, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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