One of the things about elites is that they only care about the approbation of the members of their own elites.
For them to take a name like that suggests not racism but approbation.
There is a risk to all this approbation, of course, which is that we forget some of his failings.
late 14c., "proven effectiveness, excellence," from Old French aprobacion or directly from Latin approbationem (nominative approbatio) "an approval," noun of action from past participle stem of approbare (see approve). Meaning "approval, endorsement" is from early 15c.