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Artists rallied behind Kaerpnick after Trump urged NFL owners to fire players who protest anthem

Hip-hop artists have been some of Kaepernick's most vocal supporters

Editor’s Note: WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

(CNN) —  

Hip-hop artists – from Diddy to Killer Mike – rallied behind Colin Kaepernick and other athletes this week after President Donald Trump urged owners of the NFL to fire the “sons of bitches” who protest the National Anthem on the field.

“THE LINE HAS BEEN CROSSED!!!! Time to show them #blackexcellence LETS GO!” Diddy tweeted, along with a widely shared meme that compares Trump’s description of African-American players as “sons of bitches” and the President’s previous suggestion that there were some “very fine people” on both sides of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Diddy, who used to have a friendly relationship with Trump in the 1990s, urged fans to take action in a minute-long video posted to Twitter.

Atlanta rapper T.I., who recently spoke with CNN’s #GetPolitical about police brutality, shared the same Charlotesville meme, tweeting “Who da F— made Pennywise the President???” in a reference to the horror reboot “It,” along with a clown emoji representing its antagonist.

Trump’s comments targeting African-American players who participated in National Anthem protests came while the President addressed supporters at a rally in Alabama Friday night.

The President encouraged fans to “leave the stadium” when players take a knee and urged NFL owners to respond to anthem protests by saying, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”

RELATED: Hip-hop reacts to Trump: “I’d rather an ugly truth than a beautiful lie”

Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, who backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election, compared Trump’s comments to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s criticism of the anthem protest last year. Ginsburg apologized to Kaepernick last October for calling the protest “dumb and disrespectful.”

“Same thinking, “Boy How dare U”, no matter if it’s from Ruth or Donald,” the Run the Jewels rapper wrote on Instagram. “It’s all “Obey And Honor the State Over Humans”. Don’t be disgusted by one and not the other tho u Son’s of bitches.”