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.
I'm beginning to think that in America, a Conservative Christian is one who thinks the Beatitudes are a Chinese hoax— John Cleese (@John Cleese)1495780559.0
"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:
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.
@JohnCleese It's all about saying they love Jesus, but ignoring His teachings.— Brian Norris (@Brian Norris)1495781687.0
@JohnCleese Jesus: *creates fish and bread for hungry children* Deplorable: Wait, but a free lunch creates a dependency on— Jeremy 3 Shipps Come Sailing In (@Jeremy 3 Shipps Come Sailing In)1495780683.0
@JohnCleese I'd love to point out to all CHRISTIANS, that Jesus provided free healthcare for all. In case they're… https://t.co/L0StGQw3TI— Joseph Hope (@Joseph Hope)1495782987.0
@JohnCleese You are wrong. They don't think at all.— Derek Treggalles (@Derek Treggalles)1495804381.0
@JohnCleese You do really realize that most of them won't understand this joke at all?— Steven Crosby (@Steven Crosby)1495808585.0
@JohnCleese And the sermon on the mount is a bunch of liberal propaganda.— Ray Lyons (@Ray Lyons)1495784992.0
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.