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Blast from the past: Ramsey featured on HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’

A clip of a 2011 Ron Ramsey presser featured on HBO last weekend. (Screengrab from HBO)

Former Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey made an unexpected appearance on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” over the weekend.

The bit featured a clip of the Blountville Republican speaking to members of the Tennessee Capitol Hill Press Corps in 2011 about imposing tighter restrictions on unemployment benefits.

Here’s the exchange captured by the defunct TNReport.com:

Ramsey: “If you were fired from your job for just cause, maybe even for stealing from your employer of chronic absenteeism, you shouldn’t be able to get unemployment.”

Reporter: “You don’t get unemployment insurance if you’re fired for cause now –“

Ramsey: “The law says you’re not supposed to, but buddy let me assure you, nine times out of 10 they get their unemployment.”

Reporter: “Nine times out of 10?”

Ramsey: “I don’t know about that. OK, that was a Ron Ramsey blanket statement there. But there are plenty of examples that they get it.”

Watch the full clip below, starting at about the 10-minute mark (warning: customarily colorful language used by Oliver):