Monty Python's John Cleese lights up Twitter with devastating joke about Trump voters
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Actor and comedian John Cleese issued a hilariously scathing indictment of U.S. conservatism on Twitter Friday, managing to zing President Donald Trump, global climate change deniers and hypocritical Christians in one tweet.

"I'm beginning to think that in America, a Conservative Christian is one who thinks the Beatitudes are a Chinese hoax," he wrote.

"Chinese hoax" is a reference to a one-time contention of Trump's in which he said that global climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China to cripple U.S. business growth.

The Opposition Report posted the Christian Beatitudes for those unfamiliar with them:

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  • Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • These teachings are from Christ's "Sermon on the Mount" and occur in the Christian Bible's Book of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 3 to 10.

    Twitter users enthusiastically responded.

    Cleese is mostly knows in the U.S. as a founding member of British comedy troupe Monty Python, which reunited in 2014 for a series of shows at London's O2 Arena.