Speaking of Pilate, he too suffered a bit of a thin record before rising to Prefect of Judea. In fact, Mark, famously portrays Pilate as reluctant to execute Jesus, eventually arresting Jesus for not paying taxes. Hmmm.
Jesus was eventually brought before Pilate where they accused him of sedition against Rome by opposing the payment of taxes.
So let's see. Pilate, thin record, and tax raiser. Jesus, a supply sider with a clear record of preferring low taxes.
Looks like the MSM narrative is wrong again.