Moments after Hillary “what does it matter” Clinton took the stage to deliver the keynote speech at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas today, a woman threw a shoe at the former Secretary of State/former NY senator/former First Lady.
Hillary ducked and did not appear to be hit by the object. She then joked about it: “Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil? My goodness, I didn’t know that solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”
Many in the audience of more than 1,000 people in a large ballroom laughed and applauded as Clinton resumed her speech.
The shoe-thrower promptly was taken into federal custody. Brian Spellacy, U.S. Secret Service supervisory special agent in Las Vegas, said the woman was being questioned and would face criminal charges. Spellacy declined to identify the woman, and he said it wasn’t immediately clear what the charges would be.
A black and orange shoe was recovered from the stage.
In the hotel hallway, the middle-aged blonde woman sat calmly on a sofa, wearing a blue dress and thong sandals. She said she threw a shoe and dropped some papers, but didn’t identify herself to reporters or explain the action. Security officials then ushered reporters and photographers away.
Spellacy and Mark Carpenter, spokesman for the recycling institute, said the woman wasn’t a credentialed convention member and wasn’t supposed to have been in the ballroom.
An attendee later handed a reporter a piece of paper that was apparently thrown by the woman. 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.
Hillary has been traveling the country giving paid speeches to industry organizations and appearing before key Democratic Party constituents. During a speech in San Francisco on Tuesday, she said she was seriously considering a presidential bid.
Source: CBS Las Vegas
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