On July 14th, 2019, President Trump posted series of 3 tweets which targeted Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and encouraged them to "go back ... [to the] places from which they came", despite 3 of the 4 being born in the United States, and all 4 being US Citizens.
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!
This statement has been widely characterized as racist, including by the House of Representatives who passed a resolution condemning it, but it has also been defended by many Republicans, who argue that there's nothing racist about it.
What arguments have public figures given in defense of these tweets? Published statements are preferred, ideally with explanation of the context behind these arguments.