Hillary Clinton’s speech at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting in Las Vegas on Monday was interrupted by a shoe flying through the air and towards the former Secretary of State. Clinton dodged the shoe, and the thrower was escorted from the room.
“Is that somebody throwing something at me? Was that part of Cirque de Soleil?” Clinton joked after the shoe flew past her. “My goodness, I didn’t know solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”
Witnesses say the shoe-thrower walked down the aisle until she was about six rows from the stage area. After throwing the shoe, she put her hands in the air and walked towards the back of the room at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino before ushers stopped her, according to the Associated Press. Security officers ushered the woman who claimed to have thrown the shoe out of the room. Authorities said she will not be arrested.
Clinton isn’t the first politician to be the target of an airborne shoe. Former President George W. Bush had to duck not one but two shoes thrown at him in Iraq in 2008.