Several MSNBC commentators agreed Friday that Donald Trump is projecting strength that is appealing to Republican voters after the terrorist attack last week in Paris.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," host Joe Scarborough cited a new NBC poll showing that Trump was leading the GOP presidential field with 28 percent of the vote. In second place with 18 percent was Ben Carson, who like Trump, has no government experience.

"Is it time for the Republican establishment in Washington, D.C., to go into a panic?" Scarborough asked.

NBC "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd said that GOP voters in the poll, which was taken in the two days after the attack in Paris, seemed to be responding to Trump's bombastic rhetoric on how he would deal with the Islamic State. In contrast, Todd said Carson, who was tied with Trump in previous polls, may be suffering from failing to clearly articulate his foreign policy proposals.

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