Woman Throws Shoe at Hillary Clinton During Vegas Speech

Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 08:04 PM

By Jason Devaney

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A woman was arrested after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speech in Las Vegas on Thursday.

The incident took place as Clinton was about to speak at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. According to a witness, the woman walked down an aisle until she was about six rows from the edge of the seating area before throwing an orange shoe and some papers in Clinton's direction.

Clinton ducked and was not hit. The shoe got stuck in the stage but was quickly removed by security.

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The woman retreated up the aisle and was immediately met by security, who took her into custody.

"Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?" Clinton said moments after the incident. "My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did."

It brought back memories of a 2008 incident in which President George W. Bush had two shoes thrown at him by a protester during a surprise visit to Afghanistan. Bush was not hit and the man was quickly taken away by security.

In Thursday's shoe-throwing act, a witness found the piece of paper that was also thrown and gave it to a reporter. It appeared to be a copy of a Department of Defense document labeled confidential and dated August 1967; it referred to an operation "Cynthia" in Bolivia.

The former secretary of state and Democratic senator from New York has been traveling the country giving paid speeches to industry organizations and appearing before key Democratic Party constituents.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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