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. Andulamb

    Correction: Please change "Hillary ducked and it missed her" to "A shoe was hurled at Hillary, but it missed." Thank you. It's a minor detail, but since there's a video that shows exactly what happened there's simply no excuse for getting it wrong.

    April 10, 2014 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. dinkydow

    Dodged a shoe huh? Must be practice for the book that's going to be thrown at her later on.

    April 10, 2014 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Kitkat

    Kudos to Hillary's sense of humor and ability to handle such an awkward situation..............She just won my vote.........

    April 10, 2014 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. adri

    I sometimes wonder if these protesters are more about "look at what I did" instead of "this is why I did it"

    April 10, 2014 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. sickofitall

    a Clinton at a "recycling" conference...oh the irony

    April 10, 2014 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. CG

    I guess she just want to tell Hilary: Duck Shoe and the horse you rode in on!:

    April 10, 2014 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. gene

    Hey, I'm ready to vote for hillary. So far she is the best thing going on either side of the asile.

    April 10, 2014 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. Steve9930

    My advice, next time follow through when you Throw! You'll get better accuracy and more velocity on the pitch!

    April 10, 2014 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. Ben Stein

    Too many people who can't wait for a return to the Bush years – that's just sad.

    April 10, 2014 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Dan5404

    The only solid waste in the room was that ignorant woman throwing the shoe.

    April 10, 2014 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. Henry

    Hillary Clinton deserves such hospitality. Sadly, she doesn't care.

    April 10, 2014 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Surthurfurd

    Shoe Throwing? Was she speaking to a group from the Middle East?

    April 10, 2014 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. ghost

    Check into it further and you will see the GOP behind it all. They will stop at nothing!!!

    April 10, 2014 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. bob

    more like the shoe missed and then she ducked.

    April 10, 2014 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. tarura

    Getting a Bush moment ?

    " She ducked and it missed her " – not at all – it missed her first, then she ducked. See the vid.

    If this is how she dodged the sniper fire, it must've been a lousy sniper.

    April 10, 2014 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. G_Edwards

    "She ducked and it missed her,..."

    Glad it didn't hit her.

    But it's pretty generous to claim it missed because she ducked. She didn't react until it was well past her.


    April 10, 2014 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  17. Hillary

    Jimmy Choo ad? Bush repeat?

    April 10, 2014 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Scott

    The protester deserves to be punished. Violent behavior is not acceptable.

    April 10, 2014 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  19. Kenya

    Way to rip off the guy who threw a shoe at G. W. Bush. If you're going to protest, at least be original. Lame.

    April 10, 2014 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. duke

    Hillary needs to learn the five "D's". Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge.

    April 10, 2014 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. Greg

    What is this, Baghdad?

    April 10, 2014 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. Lee

    Those politicians sure are good at dodging shoes...

    April 10, 2014 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. elgranreyes

    Hillary's an ad lib pro. It's moments like these that test the strength and character of a leader. Reagan himself couldn't have done it any better as in "I forgot to duck" except Hillary actually ducked and came up with a witty quip immediately. That's worth the 270 electoral votes (and more) right there.

    April 10, 2014 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  24. Borderless

    Hillary's handling of incident just makes me like her that much more. Run for pres, HIllary. At least we would have one decent candidate in the mix.

    April 10, 2014 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  25. JG

    I don't care what party you affiliate yourself with or what policies you oppose, there are more civilized ways to express your view than throwing a shoe. How embarrassing for whatever group this woman was representing.

    I wish everyone on both sides could express their views more civilly (those that don't already, that is).

    April 10, 2014 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
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