A unidentified woman threw a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech for The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries in Las Vegas.
Clinton ducked and was initially confused by what had come at her.
“What was that? A bat? Was that a bat? That somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?” she asked the audience.
She joked afterward about the incident: “My goodness, I didn’t know solid waste management was so controversial.”
It was not clear what the woman was protesting, but she was quickly taken into custody following the shoe throwing.
Shoe-throwing has notably been a form of protest abroad. During a press conference in 2008 at the Prime Minister’s Palace in Baghdad, one journalist yelled at President George W. Bush “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!” as he threw his shoes.