I never thought I would be writing to help Republicans win. But I have advice for helping them win over the long term while staying loyal to their core beliefs, rather than merely exist in survival mode.

Here goes: Many of you are intellectual people who believe what you believe, and can make your case persuasively about any number of important issues facing America today. I hope to find a time and place in our lifetimes where we can engage in spirited, intelligent, respectful debate on issues of importance to our nation once again.

 Please understand that will never be possible until you leave the fold of those who think Donald Trump — his choices for leadership roles, his behavior and his glaring lack of competence to be the president — is in any way acceptable.

 You have options! You have choices: John Huntsman, Nikki Haley, Jeff Flake, John Kasich or many other conservatives who have brains and care about America. Be brave! Care more about America than this regime.

The president does not deserve your support. He is the opposite of many things you believe in. Be brave!

Michele Verduchi

Cranston