You’d think that he couldn’t get more jaw-dropping, but he has. Trump has a solution to the brutal, senseless shootings that plague America. Give teachers guns. Of course, in true Trumpian fashion, he later backtracked, then doubled down, then spouted nonsensical vitriol. But his point is clear — he thinks teachers with guns are the solution.

On Wednesday, at a listening session with survivors of last week’s Florida school shooting and others affected by gun violence, he explained that teachers and coaches could be armed. “If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly,” he said. But of course today, the horrific message became scrambled — but even more worrying. While denying he said it, he then went on to explain why it was the right thing to say and lay out his thoughts on why arming teachers was the way forward.

“I never said ‘give teachers guns’ like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @nbc,” he said on Twitter. “What I said was to look at the possibility of giving ‘concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience – only the best. Twenty percent of teachers, a lot, would now be able to … immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions. Highly trained teachers would also serve as a deterrent to the cowards that do this. Far more assets at much less cost than guards. A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people. ATTACKS WOULD END! History shows that a school shooting lasts, on average, 3 minutes. It takes police & first responders approximately 5 to 8 minutes to get to site of crime.”

It’s utter, utter nonsense. And it may not technically be any more damning or damaging than anything else he’s said. It may not be the most destructive or the most offensive. But 17 people died last week. Seventeen people at a school, at what should be a safe haven, were killed. And innumerable students, parents, friends, and loved ones were terrified. The survivors are being unspeakably brave. They are unequivocally, passionately, demanding gun control. And something about Trump saying this, about him saying this now, hits a nerve, even by his own grotesque standards.

And in case that wasn’t enough, he had to carry a note when speaking to the victims — a note reminding him to say “I hear you.” A note reminding him to show — no, to imitate — basic human empathy. He’s said a lot of horrible things. But this rant of ego, nonsense, and hate — this rant, right now, is too much.