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Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the North Carolina GOP state convention on June 5, 2021 in Greenville, North Carolina.
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  • Trump said that the GOP will take back Congress and the White House "sooner than you think."
  • The remark came amid reports that Trump believes he will be "reinstated" as president in August.
  • It's unclear where the theory came from, but Insider previously reported it has no legal basis.
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Former President Donald Trump said the Republican Party will take back Congress and the White House "sooner than you think."

He was speaking in a video for the National Republican Senatorial Committee that was shared online Friday.

"We're going to take back the Senate, take back the House, we're going to take back the White House, and sooner than you think. It's going to be really something special," Trump said in the video.

"The love, and the affection, and the respect that you've given all of us, it's really important," he added, thanking people for their support. "The Republican Party is stronger than its ever been, and its going to be a lot stronger than it is right now. We're going to turn it around, we're going to turn it around fast."

It's unclear when the video was taken, but it comes amid reports that Trump believes the bizarre theory that he could be reinstated as president in August.

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New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said Tuesday that Trump has been telling people he expects to be reinstated. Haberman said the former president has been "laser-focused" on election audits being held in states he lost.

The origin of the reinstatement conspiracy theory is unclear, though it has been pushed by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a staunch Trump supporter. Lindell said on a podcast in March that Trump would "be back in office in August."

As Insider's Grace Panetta and Jake Lahut reported, there is no constitutional basis for the reinstatement theory.

The Daily Beast reported Friday that allies of Trump were advising him not to mention the idea of reinstatement during his speech at the North Carolina GOP state convention Saturday night.

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