Matthews Compares Trump to Nicholson in 'A Few Good Men' and Alger Hiss

February 17, 2017

Hours after Donald Trump's less than traditional press conference on Thursday, MSNBC host Chris Matthews compared the president to Jack Nicholson's "manic" character in the movie A Few Good Men.

"It seems like he is against the idea of reporting," Matthews said. "Not quite manic, I'm not going to go that far. But there was sort of an element of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men. Like, you know, 'You can't handle the truth.' He comes out and it's almost like id is showing, you know, a lot of id."

Matthews continued to say that Trump truly believes everything he says to the media.

In a later segment with Sen. Angus King (I., Maine), Matthews said that Trump used a dodge that was reminiscent of Alger Hiss trying to weasel out of being accused of being a Soviet spy.

"You know, to the best of my knowledge, that dodge was something Alger Hiss used in the old hearings back in 1948 when he was caught, eventually, as a spy for the Soviet Union. Not to the best of knowledge, not to my best recollection these are ways to avoid perjury. They are not truth-telling generally," Matthews said.

Matthews was referring to the controversy surrounding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his conversations with the Russian government prior to being sworn into office.